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February 12, 2019

The Right to Choose Death

Sunday Business Post (IE), Siobhán Brett

Philip Nitschke is now 71 years of age, but he was almost 50 when he came up with a device he called a “deliverance machine”. The Australian doctor set up a bedside computer that was designed – once three unambiguous questions were answered affirmatively – to administer a lethal dose of barbiturates, intravenously, with one […]

January 12, 2019

Convicted euthanasia advocate: ‘I was made a scapegoat’

The NZ Herald, Melissa Nightingale

Euthanasia is a divisive issue, but no matter what side of the debate you sit on, it’s difficult to dislike Suzy Austen. You may remember her name, or her face. Just the other day, a stranger in the supermarket hugged her, recognising Austen as the woman who was found guilty last year of importing the […]

November 18, 2018

WA government to consider Victorian laws when forming right-to-die legislation

WA government to consider Victorian laws when forming right-to-die legislation, AAP

The West Australian government says it will take a close look at Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying laws in forming its right-to-die legislation. The McGowan government plans to introduce the bill, drafted by an 11-member expert panel chaired by former WA governor Malcolm McCusker, next year. It follows a parliamentary committee that received about 700 submissions […]

November 11, 2018

Euthanasia Pioneer Nitschke warns of ‘beg and grovel’ legislation

Thomas Manch, The Dominion Post

A proposed law to allow voluntary death for the terminally ill has been labelled “beg and grovel” legislation by euthanasia pioneer Dr Philip Nitschke. The first doctor to administer euthanasia, Nitschke is holding public talks and instructional workshops on the subject with his pro-euthanasia group Exit International this week. On Thursday, about 30 members gathered in a meeting room behind St Andrew’s church […]

August 28, 2018

Right to death should be personal choice, say Exit members

Sally Pryor, Canberra Times

Not many people have seen what Jan Clifford has when it comes to terrible deaths. During her 30-year career as a physiotherapist in intensive care, she saw hundreds of people die in ways they never would have wanted, given the choice. Now that she’s nearing 70, Ms Clifford said it become even more important to […]

May 4, 2018

NYT: Why David Goodall, 104, Renowned Australian Scientist, Wants to Die

Yonette Joseph, New York Times

David Goodall, 104, who is believed to be Australia’s oldest scientist, wants to die. But he can’t do it in his own country, where assisted suicide is banned. So on Wednesday, he took what was expected to be his last flight, bound for Europe, to accomplish his goal — and renewed a debate in Australia […]