The Northern Territory has launched a renewed push to be allowed to decide its own fate on the issue of voluntary euthanasia.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner has written to both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese calling for federal laws to be changed to allow the issue to be considered in the NT parliament.
That follows unsuccessful attempts in Canberra in recent years to overturn the 1997 private bill introduced by Liberal Kevin Andrews which banned both the ACT and the NT from ruling on voluntary euthanasia.
Mr Gunner said the Territory needed the Commonwealth to "change its mind about us" following the passing of euthanasia laws in both Victoria and Western Australia.
"It becomes to me more and more ridiculous that we can't consider the issue here," the chief minister told ABC radio on Tuesday.
"What I've put to Prime Minister Morrison and Opposition Leader Albanese is to give us the right to make the decision.
"You don't know what our decision will be, I don't know what our decision will be, it's a conscience vote in the parliament here in the Territory.
"But we should have the right to make that decision. At the moment we're denied that right."
Voluntary euthanasia was actually legal in the NT for a short period between 1996 and 1997 before the federal parliament overturned the Territory laws and also removed its right to legislate on the issue.
The Commonwealth has no such power over the states.
Australian Associated Press