Paul Everingham says former prime minister had given him an undertaking not to override territory laws

Amid a fresh push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, the Northern Territory’s first chief minister and deputy have revealed – for the first time in more than 40 years – they were promised the federal government would never intervene in territory affairs.

The Senate rejected on Wednesday night a bill from Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm to allow territories to pass their own laws on voluntary euthanasia. The decision angered territory leaders past and present, who said it left Territorians as “second class citizens” and renewed their calls for statehood.

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