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March 7, 2019

Firefighter chooses Swiss option to leave

Mornington Peninsula News, Stephen Taylor

Firefighter’s farewell: Troy Thornton’s wife Christine and children Laura and Jack walk behind a piper past an honour guard of his CFA colleagues after Friday’s memorial service at the New Peninsula Baptist Church, Mt Martha. TROY Thornton, the former officer-in-charge at Mornington Fire Station who chose to end his life in a Swiss euthanasia clinic […]

March 3, 2019

‘Last moments were beautiful’: Wife remembers firefighter who died Swiss euthanasia clinic

Sydney Morning Herald, Simone Fox Koob

When Christine Thornton said goodbye to her husband at a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland last week, he turned to her, told her he loved her, and said, “I’m going now”. They had spent four days by each other’s side, having coffee in Basel’s picturesque old town, eating cheese in the Swiss Alps and visiting the […]

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 […]