Compassion and respect


Great news on the next Tasmanian Bill

Great news – there was an announcement today 26 February about the new Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill to be moved in June and an online petition for people to express their support. The petition is not yet online but we will let you know as soon […]

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Canadian Medical Association shows the way

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) provides a very good example of responsible, professional and principles-based policy and action on voluntary assisted dying to meet the needs of patients, doctors and the wider community. DwDTas has prepared a paper outlining why their approach is such a good example, what […]

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FactCheck – Not true that 550 babies ‘killed’ under Dutch euthanasia law

“The Conversation” has published an important FactCheck refuting the false alarmist claim made by Luke Formosa on the Q&A program last week on voluntary assisted dying that: “Findings from the Netherlands Euthanasia report in 2014 indicate … 550 newborn babies with diseases or disabilities were killed“.   Read more … […]

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Terminal sedation – ethically different from voluntary assisted dying?

The Q&A program on Monday night has prompted a valuable debate on a range of specific issues raised in the program. This is being conducted through the Q&A Facebook page. The issue that has attracted the largest number of comments is terminal sedation.  In the Q&A program, John Flynn asked: […]

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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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Andrew Denton – compassionate, humane and well-informed

In the last few days, since 29 October, Andrew Denton has started presenting his compassionate, humane and well-informed support for voluntary assisted dying law reform.  This follows his 8 month extensive review which included speaking to many Australians (including Tasmanians) and people with the greatest experience of assisted dying laws, […]

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Talking about death – Paper Garments for the Grave.

If you’re in Hobart, we recommend you visit the very interesting exhibition on now at the Barn at Rosny. The exhibition, Paper Garments for the Grave, approaches death from a unique perspective.  According to the publicity: These artists and this exhibition have sought to lift the veil […]

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Canadian assisted dying law now more likely!

The election of the Trudeau Liberal Government in Canada means a greatly increased chance of voluntary assisted dying legislation! In Feb 2014, the Canadian Liberal Party voted overwhelmingly for a resolution in favour of  legalisation of assisted dying. Resolutions are not binding on elected members and Trudeau himself  […]

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