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AMA Survey survey results

A majority of doctors support the profession being involved in assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia if laws are changed to allow it, a survey by the Australian Medical Association of 4000 members has found...

The AMA: 1996 versus now

The AMA represents only 29% of Australia's doctors. As an organisation it still officially rejects any thought of assisting a patient to die, and many doctors have left or declined to join because of this stance. Its position on voluntary euthanasia has been the subject...

The Safeguards: 1996 versus now

This detailed analysis prepared by Go Gentle Australia compares the current proposed safeguards with those proposed 21 years ago, when then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally...

Malcolm Turnbull on VAD law reform

On the ABC 7.30 Report program on 14 November 2016, reporter Leigh Sales interviewed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and included a line of questioning about why the Liberal government was not responding to the will of the majority of Australians for law reform around voluntary...

Kylie Monaghan’s legacy

She was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 1, 2010. It was in the final year of her illness that Kylie really struggled – not that she ever complained. On the morning of her death, Kylie was so exhausted that she couldn’t even open her...

Lawrie Daniel waited for death, alone

In the quiet hours while Lawrie Daniel waited for death, he wrote heartbreaking letters to his wife Rebecca and to the NSW Coroner describing his unrelenting pain from multiple sclerosis, calling for voluntary ¬euthanasia to be legalised to ensure people would not have to die...

Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

12-year-old tells Prime Minister her yiayia has the right to die

As part of a project at Clifton Hill Primary School (Victoria), grade six student Aristea has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding he change the law regarding voluntary euthanasia. In a strongly worded three-page letter, Aristea pleads the case for people like her grandmother,...

Battle for right to die revived after 20 years

More than 20 years after he enacted the nation’s first assisted ­suicide laws — later axed by the federal government — Marshall Perron says the battle to bring back the right to die has been ­revived. He concedes his efforts two decades ago were something of...