Letters & On-line Opinions
Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert writes:
"I hope my father dies soon. And while I'm at it, I might want you to die a painful death too.
I'm entirely serious on both counts.
My father, age 86, is on the final approach to the long dirt nap (to use his own phrase). His mind is 98% gone, and all he has left is hours or possibly months of hideous unpleasantness in a hospital bed. I'll spare you the details, but it's as close to a living Hell as you can get.
Read his article here » ... (caution - strong language)
TO understand how high- handedly some MHAs behaved over the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, we need to remember parliamentary procedure. The vote was lost in the decision whether the bill should go to the committee stage - several steps before the vote on whether it should become law.
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THE fact that Mary Bates's letter was published in The Examiner (Letters, October 28) belies the notion that The Examiner is biased on the subject of euthanasia.
I am tired of people trotting out the argument that those in favour of euthanasia are really scheming to "kill the sick elderly, if that is what those depressed people who feel that they are a burden on their family asked for".
I am sitting here at 3:30am next to my grandma who is dying.
She is a wonderful lady who has lived a full life and is 94.
KEN Wheeler (Letters, October 24) felt that the euthanasia bill was akin to government sanctioned murder. What utter nonsense.
Murder is when a life is taken without the consent of the victim.
In Australia today, many people with disabilities do not have adequate support to live how they want while legislation does not exist to assist them to die how and when they want. Dr George Taleporos calls for public policy to address these issues.
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Dr David Gillespie MP
I was very surprised and disappointed to receive your advice that you do not favour euthanasia.
I am 88 year old veteran affairs pensioner had open heart surgery last September.
I have just been to cardiologist for check up and he said to me “You know Bill you were born in 1925 you are past your use by date. Your heart has suffered a lot of damage so you must accept the fact that your end is nigh.
David Celermajer looks around the front courtyard of Cafe Otto in Glebe in faint astonishment. Not at his surroundings, which are pleasant enough on this hot day, sitting outside under the curved tin roof of the verandah. Surprise, rather, that he’s here at all. Its been 16 years since he left hospital premises for a week-day lunch, he tells me.
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IN 2007, John Howard and Phil Ruddock were determined to ban a book - the first Australian book to be banned in this country for decades.
It wasn't porn, or a naughty Norman Lindsay novel (his Redheap had been banned in 1930 and remained so until 1958). The seditious tome was Philip Nitschke's The Peaceful Pill Handbook, concerning voluntary euthanasia. The government already had a new law, the Criminal Code Amendment (Suicide Related Material Offences) Act, that made it a crime to use email, the internet, fax or phone to discuss the practical aspects of ending one's life. Now they wanted to ban an old-fashioned print guide, too.
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UNUSUALLY for Tasmanian politics these days, jobs - or the lack of them - was not the number one issue this week.
As much as the opposition complains when the focus is not 100 per cent on the state's sky-high unemployment all the time, it's not unreasonable that other issues occasionally take priority.
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Euthanasia can seem like an abstract right, the denial of which causes little harm. But Australia’s failure to legislate on the issue is causing tangible suffering, both on the part of those who wish to die and their families, writes Max Chalmers
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THE major contradictions in the debate on voluntary assisted dying are in the claims of people like Dr Nick Cooling (Letters, October 2) that are not in keeping with the facts, or with understanding, compassion and respect for people in an extremely difficult situation at the end of their lives.
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I AM very disappointed that Dr Nick Cooling (Letters, October 2) has chosen to conflate the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying framework with suicide. The tragedy of suicide affects far too many in our community, and I whole- heartedly support Tasmania's very important Suicide Prevention Strategy.
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I share Diana Hutchinson's distress about suicides that should not occur (Letters, October 2). I too have suffered the loss of a close friend through suicide.
I know others who have lost loved ones to suicide and the enormous pain and distress that has caused.
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In this article, Tracey Spicer explores the successful models of voluntary euthanasia around the world, and why Tasmania is Australia’s best hope.
In the article Tracey also recounts how on 25 October 1999 she tried to kill her mother. "It would have been a mercy killing. Like many Australian families, we had discussed the issue at length: “If I lose control of my faculties, put me down like a dog”. But when Mum was in agony, dying from pancreatic cancer, the law was against us. Nurses and doctors refused to help for fear of litigation; palliation was ineffective. In this article, I explore the successful models of voluntary euthanasia around the world, and why Tasmania is Australia’s best hope. I counter the assertion by legal scholar and philosopher Professor John Finnis that ‘prohibition of intentional killing is the cornerstone of a civil, safe and functional society’ and instead argue that our current legal framework will prove increasingly inadequate with our ageing population. Fundamentally, the right to die is our greatest human right. It must be respected."
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