Paul Russell

Paul Russell is director and founder of the national network HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide. Paul has been involved in campaigning and lobbying on family and pro-life policy for many years in South Australia and nationally.

Analysing South Australia’s muddled euthanasia bill
2 Aug 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Philip Nitschke. legislation, South Australia
But before we look at the legislation itself, just think for a minute: if the bill isn’t about euthanasia, why is Phillip Nitschke in Adelaide so often? Why is he saying that he’ll set up a death clinic?

Is terminal sedation slow euthanasia?
1 Aug 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: terminal sedation
The usual technique of euthanasia is when a doctor administers a lethal injection to a patient. However, when a doctor withdraws life-sustaining nutrition and fluid from a comatose or sedated patient, is this not a form of slow euthanasia?

A terror management strategy for dementia
29 Jul 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: dementia, Philip Nitschke
When the headline act in the Nitschke travelling road show’s visit to Bendigo is titled, Voluntary euthanasia: Making choices in the context of Alzheimer’s and dementia, we need to ask some serious questions about what the real agenda might be and who gets hurt.

Don’t pull down the fence!
17 May 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Australia, Philip Nitschke
On May 17 I was invited by the Sydney University Union to speak at a ‘Q & A style’ debate on the issue of euthanasia & assisted suicide. With me on the ‘no’ side was Dr. Andrew Pesce, President of the Australian Medical Association who spoke exceptionally well about why the AMA does not support euthanasia & assisted suicide. On the ‘yes’ side were Dr Philip Nitschke and NSW Greens MLC, Cate Faehrmann. Following is my text:

South Australian euthanasia bill has a competitor
13 May 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: South Australia
Last week’s headline in the South Australian Advertiser: “Bill to allow euthenasia (sic) in limited circumstances” looks likely to fail in Parliament was a welcome, if not entirely true, statement. The bill in question, Steph Key’s Criminal Law Consolidation (Medical Defences—End Of Life Arrangements) Amendment Bill, has indeed taken some heavy blows of late. I’ve reported before of the doctor’s group publicly opposing the bill and the Law Society expressing their reservations. Into the mix Dr. Nitschke’s interventions seem to have played against the bill and the rushed second reading vote (later rescinded) must surely have added to MPs’ reservations.

We we should not decriminalise assisted suicide
5 May 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Australia, mercy killing, Philip Nitschke
Recent news in respect to court proceedings against Mr. David Scott Mathers for the assisted suicide of his partner, Eva Griffith in July 2009, deserve scrutiny; as do comments from Dr. Nitschke and from Michael Duffy in the Sydney Morning Herald.

UK high school kids taught about assisted suicide
17 Apr 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, media, Philip Nitschke
Revelations this week that a UK company that produces educational videos for school children has included in its production vision of Dr. Nitschke’s ‘death machine’, explanations on how it works and footage from his workshops explaining his other suicide methods has shocked even pro-euthanasia advocates in the UK.

Reasons to thank Philip Nitschke
4 Apr 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Philip Nitschke, South Australia
I never thought I’d be giving a bouquet to ‘doctor death’. After all, there’s nothing that he has said or done in the public eye that I find the least bit agreeable (except, perhaps, the recent picture of his visit with his mother).

South Australian MP seeks abortion on demand
16 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, South Australia
On the 10th of March, backbencher Steph Key MP introduced a new style of euthanasia and assisted suicide bill not seen before in South Australia. It is much like the draft bill circulated by the Health Minister at the time of the debate on the Parnell bill late last year.

Philip Nitschke: suicide as an art form in Tasmania
10 Feb 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Philip Nitschke, Tasmania
Multi-millionaire, David Walsh’s assault on the senses in his new Art Museum on the banks of the Derwent river, Hobart, would seem to be an attempt to offend almost everyone. From rotting animal carcasses to the remains of a suicide bomber made from Belgian chocolate and an ‘excrement machine’ that mimics the human body’s waste evacuation system, there would seem to be something here to shock everyone.

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