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Desmond Tutu is a great supporter of assisted dying

Desmond Tutu continues to be a great supporter of voluntary assisted dying laws and of compassion, fairness and dignity in dying.  As he says: “Regardless of what you might choose for yourself, why should you deny others the right to make this choice?”  We wish more of his

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Andrew Denton podcasts

The first two of the Andrew Denton podcasts are now available through the Wheeler Centre website. You can listen or download. We haven’t had a chance to listen yet but the list of interviewees in these two includes both advocates and religious opponents (eg Catholics Paul Russell,

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Q&A next Monday (9 Nov) is a must-see

The ABC TV Q&A program next Monday, 9 November, will cover the issue of end-of-life.  Panellists include Andrew Denton, Journalist and Broadcaster; Karen Hitchcock, Author and doctor, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne; Ralph McConaghy, Palliative care doctor, Wesley Hospital Brisbane; Ana Lamaro, Retired homoeopath & psychotherapist, responding to living

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The Prime Minister’s response – ignorant and lacking compassion and humanity

And what was the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s response when asked about assisted dying legislation in Hobart following the Andrew Denton publicity? “It isn’t a measure that I would support personally … it’s fraught with practical difficulties and of course fraught with very significant moral difficulties”.  Read more

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Increasing numbers of doctors support need for assisted dying law reform

Increasing numbers of doctors support need for assisted dying law reform

Increasingly, doctors in Australia and elsewhere are expressing their views in support of voluntary assisted dying law reform and about the need for reconsideration of the issue  by medical organisations. This week in the UK, 12 past Presidents of medical Royal Colleges expressed the view in a letter

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