The Restoring Territory Rights Bill, which aims to overturn the 25-year-old ban on euthanasia laws in the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory, will be introduced into the Senate this week.

It comes after the private members bill passed the House of Representatives, 99 votes to 37, on August 3.

If the bill passes the Senate it will overturn the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 which has prevented the Northern Territory and ACT from passing laws legalising euthanasia for the past 25 years.

However, ACT Senator David Pocock, who supports the push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, has said he is “not confident” the bill will pass in the Senate.

“This is the ninth attempt, so not confident, but really having conversations…clearly, societal attitudes have changed,” he said

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