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…

The big sleep

Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a suicide pact in October 2015. Their daughters reflect on their parents’ plan – and their remarkable lives. You will not read a better or more elequant story than that of Pat and Peter. For the nay-sayers, please read and maybe you will have some understanding. Thank you Read More…

Right To Die – Terminal Illness petition

The Federal Parliament: RIGHT TO DIE – TERMINAL ILLNESS Sharron Becquet-Rasmussen Australia My husband Bryce recently passed away in the RPA hospital from incurable liver related complications. The feeling is indescribable when you hear the words, “I’m so sorry, there’s nothing more we can do.” When Bryce was lucid he calmly stated if given a Read More…

California Signs Euthanasia Statute

California will become the fifth US state to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, after Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law. In an unusually personal signing message, the governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, signalled how torn he was by the issue. ‘‘ I do not know what I would do Read More…

How would you like to die?

This article appeared in the Geelong Advertiser summing up my concerns regarding death. This web site is about our right as human beings to die on our terms and this article about Monica sums up the feelings of most. It also mentions Advance Care Planning, a series of steps you can take to help you plan Read More…

Last Cab to Darwin

Last Cab to Darwin was written by Reg Cribb and based on the true story of taxi driver Max Bell who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in the early 1990’s. The film Last Cab to Darwin was directed and produced by Jeremy Sims and based on the play starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver. Read More…

VALE Raymond Grant Godbold

Sadly Ray has passed away. It is sad for many reasons: sad because he is missed by family and friends, sad because of how he endured his last days, sad because he was unable to leave under his own steam. Good on you Ray!  Hold that head high, your body may have let you down Read More…

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