Australia


The assisted suicide project will never end
Paul Russell | Mar 13 2017 | comment  
Its supporters will always find new borders to cross and new rules to transgress

The mother situation
Michael Cook | Mar 7 2017 | comment  
An Australian short film about euthanasia is a comic hit.

Lessons from indigenous wisdom in the euthanasia debate
Margaret Somerville | Feb 23 2017 | comment  
How a person dies affects others, not just in the present but in the future.

Not safe. Never safe. Victorian panel on assisted suicide gets it horribly wrong
Paul Russell | Feb 7 2017 | comment  
How can you make killing safe?

Experts warn Australians against following overseas experience with euthanasia
Debra Vermeer | Jan 16 2017 | comment  
When doctors are authorised to kill their patients, fundamental social values undergo a tectonic shift

What happens when those who care support killing?
Greg Donnelly | Nov 22 2016 | comment  
A union for Australian nurses is backing euthanasia

Leading Australian journalist decries push for euthanasia
Paul Russell | Oct 3 2016 | comment  
Paul Kelly fears that it will change the country for ever.

Evicting religious voices from the public square is anti-democratic and discriminatory
Margaret Somerville | Aug 31 2016 | comment  
Interrogate belief systems; don’t dismiss them

A sugar coated poison pill for Victoria
Paul Russell | Jun 9 2016 | comment  
Another one-sided report on euthanasia, this time in the Australian state of Victoria

Australian health minister does not support euthanasia
Paul Russell | Apr 1 2016 | comment  
Health reforms include improvements in palliative care.

Nitschke tells medical board to go to blazes
Michael Cook | Nov 30 2015 | comment  
Burns practicing certificate and announces plans for a right-to-die campaign

Don’t manipulate Australia’s euthanasia debate
George L. Mendz | Nov 10 2015 | comment  
This week's Q&A allowed euthanasia campaigner Andrew Denton to dominate the discussion.

Australia’s ‘Dr Death’ forced to stop promoting suicide
Michael Cook | Oct 28 2015 | comment  
Severe conditions placed on Philip Nitschke's registration

Australian euthanasia doctor battles deregistration
Paul Russell | Nov 14 2014 | comment  
Philip Nitschke is making a stand on the validity of rational suicide.

A man who disdains euphemisms
Paul Russell | Jul 8 2014 | comment  
Philip Nitschke is forcing Australians to see how serious assisted suicide is.

Nitschke and Exit must answer questions
Paul Russell | Sep 5 2012 | comment  
The roll out of Exit International and Dr Philip Nitschke’s latest project, the provision of kits that include a nitrogen cylinder to bring about death by suffocation, should ring alarm bells with the Australian public and regulatory authorities.

Does Queensland have another “Doctor Death”?
Michael Cook | Jul 15 2012 | comment  
After the international publicity given to "Doctor Death", Jayant Patel, a surgeon who was jailed for seven years for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm, the last thing the Australian state of Queensland needs is bad publicity about bad doctors. However, the state government is investigating reports that a hospital doctor was responsible for several deaths.

A palliative care physician says euthanasia is not needed
Michael Cook | Apr 4 2012 | comment  
Here's an excellent little debate between a doctor who supports legalised euthanasia in Australia and one who opposes it. Well worth a look. Hat tip to Paul Russell, of HOPE.

Australian “ambassadors” for euthanasia
Michael Cook | Dec 9 2011 | comment  
Your Last Right, an Australian euthanasia lobby group, has collected an impressive list of more than 100 “ambassadors” for “ the legal right to request and obtain medical assistance to end their lives with dignity”. It contains some familiar names – Philip Adams, Bob Brown, Leslie Cannold, Peter Singer, for instance. But there are some surprises, at least for me: footie legend Ron Barassi, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, “social identity” Lady Susan Renouf, and Major General Alan Stretton. Here is the full list for those who are interested.

Bishop grilled over right to die
Michael Cook | Dec 8 2011 | comment  
One of the smartest spokesmen for a Catholic stand on bioethics is Australian Bishop Anthony Fisher. Here he is interviewed by the ABC program 7.30 NSW. There are no softball questions and he hits most of them out of the park. (An analogy for American readers.)

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