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.

Hard cases, great cases, and bad law
17 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, locked-in syndrome, UK
The UK case of the plight of Locked-In suffer, Tony Nicklinson, who is seeking to ‘change the existing understanding of the common law’ on assisted suicide (effectively, murder) is by any rendering a hard case.

Yes Minister’s guide to reports on euthanasia
22 Feb 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia
“Never suggest an inquiry unless you know the outcome beforehand.” A commonly used phrase in politics and, most likely, the kind of advice Sir Humphrey Appleby might have given Jim Hacker MP in the British political comedy, Yes Minister!

“Not a good look”
20 Feb 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
Not a good look” said euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke to an ABC news journalist. He was referring to the fact that Merin Nielsen, the man convicted last week in a Brisbane court of the assisted suicide of Frank Ward in 2009 was the sole beneficiary of Ward’s estate.

Death on wheels
9 Dec 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
A Dutch MP thinks mobile euthanasia units are worth considering.

Nitschke in headlines again
27 Sep 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Nembutal, Philip Nitschke, South Australia
For some time now, Philip Nitschke has been claiming that he had ‘discovered’ a ‘loophole’ in the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s procedures and protocols that would allow him to import the drug Nembutal into Australia.

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.

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