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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.



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.


Safeguards: the Precautionary Principle and the Tasmanian Premier
8 Feb 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Lara Giddings, Tasmania
The commitment of newly appointed Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings to supporting a euthanasia and assisted suicide agenda in that state’s parliament would seem to elevate the issue to a new alert level in the Apple Isle. The Labor/Green alliance forged by her predecessor, David Bartlett, with Greens leader, Nick McKim will, no doubt, be honoured in the next few months by the introduction of yet another euthanasia bill; amongst other initiatives one suspects.


What about elder abuse?
14 Dec 2010 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: elder abuse
The national newspaper, The Australian, ran an article this week calling for a national hotline to be set up to deal with the problem of Elder Abuse. Council of the Aging chief executive, Ian Yates, made the call for a national phone line adding that the problem of Elder Abuse was, “likely to continue with the aging population.”


Advertising Standards Bureau – Exit common sense
13 Dec 2010 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: advertising, Australia, Exit
On the 26th of November, the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) dismissed complaints against Exit International’s billboard advertising campaign that ran in Sydney. The billboard, white writing on purple background, displayed the text: 85% of Australians Support Voluntary Euthanasia. Our Government Doesn’t! Make them Listen.


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