Mother laments lack of help for son

For 37 years following a difficult birth, a caring mother helped keep her son alive. Ultimately, though, the less-care and indifferent nature of the State saw him die. 20 Oct 2016

My life, my death, my choice…

Bill Alcock faced death in war, then with his wife. At 91, he knows his body and his mind. He can’t comprehend how ‘authority’ tries to control his last decision. 3 Oct 2016

Smoke clouds fair, trade agreements

Australia still awaits final resolution over its right to mandate ‘plain’-packaged cigarettes, with one case still outstanding even though more than $100m has probably been spent on legal fees. 2 Sept 2016

Where there’s mirrors, there’s smoke

The smoking debate is vexed, and fanciful claims about second-hand smoke effect, particularly outdoors, do nothing to contribute to the tolerance needed for pro- and anti-groups to happily coexist. 12 April 2016

End of life Bill resurrected

The latest Bill to achieve the right to choose your own life’s end is about to be debated in an Australian parliament. Cassy O’Connor explains why she is a co-sponsor. 23 Mar 2016 

Be warned: medical negligence

If you know anyone thinking about a medical negligence claim, here’s a learned exposition on the changing law over the past 30 years, by High Court Judge Susan Kiefel. 16 June 2015

‘Unfair’ drug tests skyrocket 238%

The drug driving laws are immeasurably unfair: there’s no equivalent standard to gradate justice, compared with booze driving…and convictions have suddenly leapt upwards, Andrew Fraser reports. 20 April 2015

Journal warns health rights endangered

The Lancet medical journal warns the health rights of people and the lives of health workers are at risk as world tensions escalate, as reported by Human Rights Watch. 14 Feb 2015

Vaccination: more free speech, not less

Free speech means being able to comment publicly about many issues, including health. We support the national immunisation program, but acknowledge the right of opponents to speak out. 8 Jan 2015

Parke wants to save our genes

A foolish, lazy parliament refuses to safeguard rights to our own genes, putting Australian women at distinct disadvantage to American women in testing for breast cancer. 26 Nov 2014

Project STOP: not to be sneezed at

Eyes glugged, nose clogged, ears muffled, you seek a pharmacist’s help… only to be told to STOP. Do you really think we’d get this sick just for drugs? 1 Nov 2014