We’ve been contacted by a number of supporters saying “Help! We really want to do a submission opposing the euthanasia bill – but we’re not even sure where to start.” We can understand the concern. It can all seem a little too technical and overwhelming.
We want to make it as easy and achievable as possible. So here’s your “Make a Submission Guide for Dummies” – not that we would ever imply that you’re a dummy 🙂 If you just don’t know how to get started, follow these simple steps:
1. Open a New document on your computer, or get some writing paper. Start your document with your name, End of Life Choice Bill, and I oppose the End of Life Choice Bill, and then write as little or as much as you want, sharing your views. If you need some inspiration, check our webpage www.protect.org.nz – but simply tell your story and your personal reasons for opposing the bill. If you wish to appear before the Committee to speak to your submission, then state that also (optional).
2. If you’re emailing your submission, ATTACH your submission document (step 1) to the email, and in the email itself, put the heading: End of Life Choice Bill, and your details: Name of Individual / Family / Organisation, Address, Phone, Signature. Don’t put your personal details in the attached submission document as your submission is posted on the government website.
Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. If you’re posting your submission, once you have completed step 1, do a covering letter (separate piece of paper) with the heading End of Life Choice Bill, and your details: Name of Individual / Family / Organisation, Address, Phone, Signature. Don’t put your personal details on your actual submission (step 1) as your submission is posted on the government website (but not the covering letter). You do not need to send 2 copies as previously advised.
Post to: Committee Secretariat, Justice Committee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160.
4. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
It’s THAT simple! But it matters. Please don’t delay. Your voice matters. Your submission counts. The politicians need to get a loud strong message that NZ can live without euthanasia. Submissions close in just over a month (February 20).
PS: If you are feeling really brave, you can also make an online submission via the government website CLICK HERE