Oral Submissions

 

The Parliamentary Tour for the End of Life Choice Bill have come to a close. The list of completed hearings are on the Justice Committee’s webpage. Some video recordings are available on the Committee’s Facebook page.

We expect that the international submitters will be heard soon. The times and dates will be published a few days in advance at Parliament’s Schedule of Meetings.

If you still want to speak, you could contact Justice.EndofLife@Parliament.govt.nz to find out whether there may still be an opportunity for you to speak by phone (teleconference).

 

This page is a summary of information about the oral submission process and how you can access support.

Does the idea of speaking to MPs feel daunting?

Do you have questions about preparing for your oral submission?

Check out our Tips Sheet or contact us at 0800 42 76 42 or info@notoassistedsuicide.nz.

Parliament’s Justice Committee received more than 35,000 written submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill. It is a record number received by any select committee on any issue and prompted them to ask for an extension. They are now due to report back to Parliament by March 2019, which will be followed by a Second Reading debate and vote.

The Committee is currently hearing oral submissions.

 

Why are oral submissions important?

 

Due to the huge number of written submissions, the Justice Committee MPs will likely have time to read only the submissions by people who are scheduled to speak to them. The other submissions will be read, but maybe only by administrative staff. The MPs are the decision makers. If you would like your submission to have an impact, please make every effort to also speak to the MPs in person.

 

Tips

 

We recommend:

  • Speaking from your professional perspective, if relevant;
  • Including a true story from your personal or professional life;
  • Clearly stating one or two main points at the beginning and repeating these at the end of your submission; and
  • Keeping your submission single-issue. Mentioning your views on other bills or issues could distract and elicit prejudice.
  • Sending the Committee a written transcript afterwards.
    See our Tips Sheet for more information.

 

 

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What do oral submissions involve?

The purpose of an oral submission is NOT to read your written submission, but to discuss it or add more information.

There will likely be two MPs from the Justice Committee, some administrative staff and officials, and maybe also some local MPs.

Submitters can speak to them in person or by teleconference (phone), paid by Parliament. We urge everyone to make every effort to speak to them in person if at all possible, because it will have more impact on them than a phone call.

Each individual is allocated a maximum of 5 minutes. Organisations are allocated 10 or 15 minutes.

If there is time left, the Committee may ask the submitter some questions. See our Tips Sheet at this link.

Submitters may be asked to be available for a 30-minute slot, in case the session doesn’t run to schedule.

Submitters may invite a support person to sit next to them while they speak and several supporters to sit in the audience section behind them. The sessions are open to the public and the media, and may be live-streamed on the Justice Committee’s Facebook page if possible at that venue.

Submitters who want to share information of a very personal nature can request to speak to the Committee in private.

Who can make an oral submission?

The Justice Committee announced that they would like to hear from everyone who asked to be heard on the Bill. This means they will hear from everyone who made a written submission from December 2017 to 6 March 2018 and also indicated that they want to speak to this Committee. Submissions made to the Health Committee in 2015 – 2016 are not considered by this Committee.

If you wish to speak and haven’t been offered a slot, or if you have changed your mind, you could contact the Secretariat at Justice.EndofLife@parliament.govt.nz.

Where can I get help to prepare for my oral submission?

Since it can feel daunting to speak to a group of MPs, we are providing a Tips Sheet as well as personalised email and phone support.

To access support, contact us at info@notoassistedsuicide.nz or 0800 42 76 42.

It would be helpful if you could send us a draft or a summary of points you would like to make, a copy of your written submission if you have one, as well as your phone number. The details you send us will be used only to give you feedback.

Please read our Tips Sheet at this link.

How will I know when my oral submission will be?

Administrative staff may contact submitters only a few days in advance, so it is important to check your inbox and spam folder regularly. Emails are often sent around 5 pm.

You don’t have to wait for them to contact you. You can write to Justice.EndofLife@parliament.govt.nz and request a date and venue from the schedule below. You can request your preferred time of day, e.g. early afternoon. You will probably receive a reply within a few days.

Do I need to travel to Wellington?

No. You can speak to the Committee at any of the venues below.

You can also speak to them by phone (teleconference) on the dates below or at the end of September. Parliament will pay for the call. However. we urge everyone to speak to the Committee in person if at all possible.

What are the dates and venues for oral submissions?

The parliamentary tour for the End of Life Choice Bill have come to a close. There is a list of hearings on the Justice Committee’s webpage.

We expect that the international submitters will be heard soon, probably during Parliament’s next sitting week at the end of November. The final schedule is published a few days in advance at Parliament’s Schedule of Meetings.

If you still want to speak, you could contact Justice.EndofLife@Parliament.govt.nz to fond out whether they may still be an opportunity for you to speak by phone (teleconference).

 

Can oral submissions be watched online?

Yes. Some sessions can be watched on the Justice Committee’s Facebook page.

If you want to share information of a very personal nature in your submission, you can request for the recording to be paused or to speak to the Committee in private.

How can I find out whether they received my written submission?

Some people have received an email confirming that their written submission was received and also whether they indicated that they also wish to speak to the Committee. Your email may be in your spam folder.

If you haven’t received such an email, or the confirmation they sent you contains incorrect information, please contact the Justice Committee Secretariat at Justice.EndofLife@parliament.govt.nz or 04 817 9506.

Where can I find a copy of my written submission?

Submissions are gradually being published on Parliament’s website. To search for your submission, enter your name in the keyword box under “Filter”.

If you don’t have a copy of your submission on your computer or in your sent email folder, and you can’t find it on the website, you may be able to request a copy from the Justice Committee Secretariat at Justice.EndofLife@parliament.nz.

Could you please let others know about this resource?

 

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Parliament’s Justice Committee is hearing oral submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill. For hearing dates, tips and free personalised support to help you prepare, see online or freecall 0800 42 76 42. More info at n2as.nz