Nitschke’s new party to contest election

VEP also confirmed it had signed up the requisite 500 members in under eight hours — a sign it said showed Australians were keen to look beyond the major parties ahead of the 14 September ballot.

The new party convenor is Ranjan Ray, president of the Western Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

“I look forward to furthering the cause of voluntary euthanasia on a broader political stage. I believe the time is right for the creation of this political