What you can do
Write to them
Follow VADSA on facebook.
Follow A Peaceful End on facebook.
Any questions - contact VADSA
Phone 0421 305 684 email email@example.com
Find your Member of Parliament
Find out which State Electorate you live in - click here. (Enter your address or suburb in the search box at the top of the page).
Then find the name of your local State MP - click here. (Place your Electorate name in the 'Electorate' box.)
Contact your MP and ask them to support Voluntary Assisted Dying. Find contact details here.
And remember the Legislative Council – the Upper House.
Legislation needs to get through both Houses of Parliament, the Legislative Council as well as the House of Assembly. Legislative Councillors represent the whole state – so every Legislative Councillor is aiming to represent you. Contact as many of them as you can. Ask them the same question
Find a list of Legislative Councillors here.
All members of the Legislative Council can be contacted at Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000
Telephone 8237 9100
Get the Facts
Read the End of Life Choice Newsletters for ideas for your discussion with your MP.
Read the latest VADSA Bulletin.
Familiarise yourself with some of the latest information through links on the Resources page.
Joint Committee on End of Life Choices
In April 2019 the South Australian Parliament established a Joint Committee on End of Life Choices. The Committee reported in October 2020. Read the JCEOLC Report, the VADSA (SAVES) submission and other submissions made by supporters of Voluntary Assisted Dying on the JCEOLC website. (Note: if you may have trouble downloading documents from the Parliament website using Safari, try Google Chrome.)
If you made a submission, send a copy to your local State MP.
Now is the time to be active.
Voluntary Assisted Dying will only become legal when a majority of MPs in both Houses of the South Australian Parliament vote for the legislation.
In November 2016, the Death With Dignity Bill went down by one vote: 23 MPs voted for the Bill; 23 voted against; and the Speaker used his casting vote to vote the Bill down. The vote of every MP is essential.
Talk to your neighbours, your family, your friends - and get them to talk to their MP as well.
- Ring your local State MP
- Email your local State MP
- Write to your local State MP
- Ring members of the Legislative Council
- Email members of the Legislative Council
- Write to members of the Legislative Council
Attend the next VADSA Public Meeting held regularly at The Box Factory, Regent St South, Adelaide.
Note: During the Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, 2020 public meetings have been cancelled.
Tell VADSA what your local MP thinks about Voluntary Assisted Dying
After you contact your MP, tell VADSA what happened. What was their response. What arguments did they use. What questions did they have.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a community event
Use facebook, your community networks, friends and family to create a community event supporting VAD. Let your local radio and TV station know. Take some pictures. Tell your local MP. Use flashmob. Brainstorm ideas for events with your friends and family and local community. Examples could be a morning tea, a walk, a meeting outside your local MP's office. And let us know at VADSA what you're planning, how we could support you, and the outcome.
Tell the media what you think
Contact your local Messenger, write to the Advertiser or InDaily, ring in on talk back radio.
Letter to the Editor, The Advertiser can be emailed to email@example.com.
Letter to the Editor, InDaily can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invite a Speaker
Invite a speaker from VADSA to your next community organisation meeting. VADSA can provide speakers for community meetings, such as Rotary, Probus, U3A and your retirement village.
Contact Frances Coombe on 0421 305 684.
Other actions you can take
join one of the Advocacy Groups - there is no joining fee
join us on facebook
attend VADSA meetings and rallies
ask your library (or any public venue) to host a VADSA display; it is 6 panels, 2 metres high; includes brochures
ask your community organisation to invite a VADSA speaker
ask your doctor to display VADSA brochures in their waiting rooms
encourage family and friends to join VADSA or give a donation
let us know if you have particular skills which can be of help.