Victoria has launched “assisted dying”

By Michael Cook Euthanasia and assisted suicide became legal in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday. A bill authorizing “assisted dying” was passed by the State Parliament in November 2017; it took 18 months to set up the regulatory and administrative framework. The first death under the law could occur in the next few …

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Architects of Victoria’s right-to-die law publish ‘manual’ on how to push legislation through

By Michael Cook One year ago, in December 2017, the Australian state of Victoria legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. This has given new heart to supporters in other states who have been lobbying for years for the “right-to-die”. Helpfully, the Australian Healthcare Review has just published a review of how supporters were able to break the …

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Queensland, Australia, man first to be imprisoned for counseling suicide

By HOPE of Australia “However, one can imagine many circumstances arising where people in positions of trust and responsibility could succumb to the temptation to counsel suicide for personal gain.” These confronting words were spoken last week by Justice Peter Davis in the Supreme Court of Queensland, as he sentenced Graham Robert Morant to 10 …

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Australian man had 1.4 million reasons to assist the suicide of his wife

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Supreme Court in Brisbane, Australia, is hearing the case of Graham Robert Morant (69) who has been charged for assisting the suicide of his wife Jennifer Morant (58) in 2014. According to prosecutors, Morant encouraged and assisted his wife Jennifer, to die by suicide. In …

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Australian Senator changed his mind and voted against euthanasia bill

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week, the Australian Senate defeated a bill (36 to 34) that would have permitted the country’s two territories– the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory–to legalize euthanasia. According to an article by Greg Brown in The Australian Senator Burston reversed his long-held support …

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Australian Senate defeats euthanasia bill

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Great news. The Australian Senate defeated the assisted suicide bill after two members of the Senate, who indicated that they would support the bill, changed their minds and voted against it. Dana McCauley reported for The Sydney Morning Herald that: The bill, introduced by Liberal Democratic Party …

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Multi-Million Dollar Estate Drives Push for Euthanasia in Australia

Clem Jones Trust say that after supporting the push for assisted dying laws in Victoria last year, the trust will now back a campaign in Mr. Jones’ home state. By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children [www.spuc.org.uk/news/news-stories/2018/january/multi-million-dollar-estate-drives-push-for-euthanasia] Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had insisted that the issue of assisted dying would not be on …

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Australian state of Victoria legalizes assisted suicide and euthanasia

By Dave Andrusko Although the outcome was known in advance , it didn’t make Wednesday’s decision by the Australian state of Victoria to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia any the less bitter. As Adam Baidawi, reporting for the New York Times, wrote, “After a two and a half years of debate and amendments, Victoria’s Lower …

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Doctors urge Western Australia not to legalize euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In the past few weeks, New South Wales Australia defeated a euthanasia bill while Victoria Australia all but passed a bill to legalize euthanasia. The Australian Medical Association (AMA), which opposes euthanasia, warned Western Australia to not follow Victoria’s lead. Sophia Moore with News.com.au reported: AMA …

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Victoria Australia parliament consents to euthanasia

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This is excerpted with permission from a post at Mercatornet. The Australian state of Victoria will soon legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia. On Wednesday, after a marathon 28-hour debate, the bill was finally approved in the upper house. A few amendments need to be ratified by the lower house next …

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Experimenting on the suicidal with lethal cocktails

By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia Editor’s note. The “Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 ” is a proposal in Victoria, a state in Southeastern Australia, which has passed the Lower house of Parliament and is being debated in the Upper house. The “Andrews ” he refers to is Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. The key to …

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‘Yes’ to euthanasia no longer certain in Victoria

Some members of the upper house appear to be changing their minds By Michael Cook Editor’s note. Victoria is a state in Southeastern Australia. On Friday afternoon, it seemed that Australia was just a whisker away from legalising assisted suicide. A marathon 26 hour sitting of the lower house of the Victorian state parliament on …

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