News with keyword: Australia

Posted on Sunday 8th May 2016 at 11:27pm

The Australian Federal election is now officially 'on'. You can take Vote Compass' questionnaire and indicate your views on assisted dying for the terminally ill, amongst other things.

Well it's on again. The not-so-secret double dissolution trigger has been pulled, and Australians are off to the polls.

Again this election, Vote Compass is running a service that allows you to explore how your views align with various parties and candidates.

One of the key questions in the Vote Compass repertoir is to agree or disagree with the statement "Terminally ill patients should be able to legally end their own lives with medical assistance."

Keywords: Australia | Legislative reform

 

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Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 11:17pm

Andrew Denton meets a woman who is dying of a rare and aggressive cancer.

Andrew Denton has appeared in an ABC Radio National broadcast, presented by David Rutledge, about assisted dying.

He talks about Liz, a woman in her forties who has a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The ABC page for the broadcast, including the audio file, is here.

Keywords: Assisted dying (AD) | Australia

 

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Posted on Friday 29th May 2015 at 8:24am

An anti-euthanasia lobby group refused to open any of its conference sessions to the public last weekend.

Last weekend in Adelaide, Australia, delegates from around the world congregated at a conference convened by Paul Russell's group, "HOPE". The conference's purpose was to share information in opposition to assisted dying law reform. It was held in Adelaide partly because it is described as the 'virtual epicenter' of moves to legalise voluntary euthanasia. That's a great credit to Frances Coombe and her team at the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society, who work tirelessly towards reform that the overwhelming majority of citizens want.

But here's the rub. Despite being an international conference with a public website advertising its value and program, it was open only to "anyone who opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide."

How curious.

When I chaired the global World Federation of Right To Die Societies conference in Melbourne, Australia in 2010, of course we had closed sessions for our people. That's natural and proper.

Keywords: Voluntary euthanasia (VE) | Australia | South Australia | Paul Russell | Lobbying: Opponents

 

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Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 11:37pm

The Royal Australian College of Physicians cancels an assisted dying advocate doctor's invitation to address annual conference.

The Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) invited reasoned and measured assisted-dying doctor, Dr Rodney Syme, to address its annual conference in Cairns, and then unceremoniously pulled the plug. Cowardice? Flip-flop? You bet.

In February this year, Dr Syme says he was approached by a member of the the RACP 2015 Congress committe to attend and deliver a paper to the annual conference, in Cairns 24-27 May. The title of his paper was "Caring for those at the end of their journey." Dr Syme accepted the invitation and spent considerable time and effort preparing and polishing his paper.

Keywords: Flip-flop | Australia | Legislative reform

 

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21st June 2019 at 10:00pm 0

Grotesque Catholic propaganda about Belgium

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has released a grotesque and appalling video that blatantly misrepresents Belgium's non-voluntary euthanasia practices as being 'caused' by their voluntary assisted dying law. They're not.