Give the terminally ill freedom to choose

People who are terminally ill – but also disabled – should not be discriminated against, CLA says in a submission on a voluntary assisted dying law for Tasmania. Lead author Richard Griggs explains why rights over our own bodies are uncontroversial, and…

Dying: why not a referendum?

Death is certain, but older people observe frailer elders closing on finality in nursing homes and think there should be a better way, and an ultimate choice, without penalty. Former ACT Speaker Greg Cornwell believes it’s time for a national referendum.

Backing call for living wills

Editor, The Canberra Times.

The call, by Professor Ken Hillman, (3 January 2011) for a national living-will program to uphold the views of people seeking to die with dignity when at the end stage of their life, and endorsed by your editorial (4 Jan…

Living will: your right to die

The issue of right to die has hit the front of Australia’s metropolitan daily newspapers this silly season, with the Canberra Times featuring a call by Professor Ken Hillman to respect people’s wishes. Also featured is the story of CLA member, Adele Ste…

Inhumane law distresses the dying

For decades opinion polls have shown that 80% of people would support the decision by Angie Belecciu* to end her life with dignity as she suffered from incurable, painful bone cancer. (“Angie`s choice” The Age 25/3).

Angie chose Nembutal, a barbitur…

Dec 2008 Newsletter – CLA launches anti-filtering campaign

CLA has launched a campaign to stop the Rudd Government imposting mandatoring internet filtering – censorship – on adult Australians’ access to the internet. The campaign consists of a new website – http://www.censorfree.com.au/ – and a series of eve…

Euthanasia: equal rights means right to choose

The Australian Parliament has a clear responsibility to reinstate the Northern Territory’s Euthanasia Act for two inalienable human rights reasons: an individual has the right to choose life, or death, and all Australians are entitled to equal rights thr…

Euthanasia choice

Freedom for gay couples to celebrate their unions – great. Good luck to the ACT Government in resisting federal intervention in this (“Showdown looks for gay union negotiation”, February 8, p3).
Freedom for terminally ill older people to choose to die w…

Nudge, nudge, ban, ban…the Pill is popped

If you want to read The Peaceful Pill Handbook, which provides information on assisted death and voluntary euthanasia, you are now too late. The man who has been unable to get David Hicks freed from Guantanamo Bay in five years, Attorney-General Philip R…

Top panel talks on euthanasia

A top quality panel of Parliamentarians and subject experts met at the ANU in Canberra in late-2006 to discuss euthanasia. West Australian MHR Dr Carmen Lawrence chaired the forum, which featured speakers for an hour, then an hour’s lively Q&A sessi…

Ruddock censors euthanasia handbook

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has moved rapidly to demand that the Classification Review Board bans a book on euthanasia, the Peaceful Pill Handbook, even though the board OK’d the book just a month earlier, in December 2006. “This executive government…