Terminally ill: more time to die

Terminally ill Victorians could have up to two years to seek a physician assisted death, with the Andrews government’s advisers contemplating whether to set a longer-than expected time frame in the euthanasia laws to be introduced this year. Patients with a broad range of conditions could also end up being eligible to make such requests Read More…

Voluntary Euthanasia Laws Before Victorian Government

I have always considered myself a proud Melburnian, but today I am proudly a Victorian as euthanasia laws are set for parliament. Voluntary euthanasia laws are likely to go before State Parliament next year, with the Andrews Government establishing an expert panel to advise it on an appropriate model. The Victorian government is understood to Read More…

Terminally ill People Deserve More

Roger Hunt is a palliative care specialist with over 30 years experience. He says that terminally ill people deserve more than being left to die in agonising, debilitating pain AS a palliative care doctor for more than three decades, I’ve sat at the bedside of many thousands of people with terminal illness. I’ve listened to Read More…

Kylie Monaghan

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Kylie Monaghan has passed away from terminal cancer hoping her legacy will be South Australian MPs voting in favour of legalising the right to voluntarily die with dignity. Ms Monaghan, 35, of Port Pirie, was the face of the Be the Bill campaign launched last month urging SA politicians to support a Read More…

Be The Bill

Over 70 per cent of Australians support the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia. Despite this overwhelming backing, there is still no law. In fact, the issue has been voted down 13 times in the South Australian parliament. ‘Be The Bill’ is a social campaign that aims to bring the voice of Australians to the politicians and Read More…

Victoria to legalise doctor-assisted suicide

Victoria could become the first Australian state to legalise doctor-assisted suicide after a parliamentary committee recommended reforms to give some terminally ill patients the right to choose death. The state government has six months to respond to the proposals, which – if passed into law – would be followed by an 18-month adjustment period. The Read More…

Gillian Mears dies, her wish granted

Just over three years ago, the prize-winning novelist Gillian Mears appeared at hearings on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill in New South Wales. ‘‘ Not a day goes by that I don’t wish that I were dead,’’ she told the hearing. ‘‘ It would be so much easier than living in a body Read More…

Bob Hawke: euthanasia should be legal in Australia

In Andrew Denton’s Better Off Dead podcast series, ex Prime Minister Bob Hawke, 86, voiced his opinion to call for voluntary euthanasia to be legalised. I think it is absurd that euthanasia is not legal within this country. It doesn’t meet any requirements of morality or good sense. “I am more than happy for my Read More…

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead is a 17 episode podcast by Andrew Denton about the right to die. Andrew Denton investigates the stories, moral arguments and individuals woven into discussions about why good people are dying bad deaths in Australia – because there is no law to help them. Andrew Denton’s Better Off Dead is available to stream at Read More…

Hospital Patients Helped To Die

Three people smuggled lethal drugs into Australian hospitals last year so their loved ones could secretly take their own lives, euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke claims. The head of Exit International said the three patients were elderly and had serious illnesses when they took a lethal drug in their hospital beds, while being cared for at Read More…

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