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Denton: The religious lobby against VAD

The religious lobby against assisted dying by Andrew Denton Later this year there will be a conscience vote on legislation to be introduced to the Victorian parliament. The vote might be three months away, but already hardcore religious opponents have mobilised...

More bullshit spread in religious ‘gloves off’ campaign

By Neil Francis Both the Herald Sun and The Age reported last week that religious anti-assisted dying crusaders are running a 'gloves off' campaign in Victoria. The crux of the story is that 'pollsters' claim to have run a survey in Victoria. They refuse to be identified....

Community galloping ahead of cautious doctors

By Nikki Gemmel It feels as if public sentiment is taking over here, fast; that a community want is galloping ahead of the cautious position of many doctors, with all their questions. Medically assisted dying is a conversation that our health professionals need to have, urgently, whether...

Loredana: I am not allowed to die

"My name is Loredana Alessio-Mulhall and I have advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. I am totally disabled and can’t move anything except my head and my mouth. I have had a catheter for 10 years and a colostomy for 15 years and for me there is no turning back. It...

Labor councillor’s plea to NSW MPs

City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott, and her father Dr Gary Scott, are urging MPs to vote in favour of a voluntary assisted dying bill due to come before the upper house of the NSW Parliament within months. Dr Gary Scott was diagnosed with...

Our AGM with Colleen Cartwright

Our AGM was held on Saturday 27 May 2017 in Sydney, and the feedback from those who attended has been terrific. Professor Colleen Cartwright was the guest speaker, with the topic of her speech being ‘End of Life Options – The Key Issues’. Professor Cartwright spoke...

Opposition to VAD is largely religious

Neil Francis presents empirical data and discussion and concludes: "They show that while a substantial majority of Australians support assisted dying, almost all the opposition to it is connected with religion, particularly amongst the most religious who are a small minority of the population.Despite the...

Tasmanian Parliament votes down VAD Bill

Legislation to allow for euthanasia to take place in Tasmania has been voted down for the third time in less than a decade. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, co-sponsored by Labor justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassy O’Connor, sought to provide adults with “intolerable...

Annie releases petition update

Annie G has sent a petition update to all those people who have signed her Change.org petition “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which she started on 4 May. It starts "Tuesday was huge for me and...

Victorian Ministerial Report due in July

In December 2016, in response to the Victorian Parliamentary Committee's Inquiry into End of Life Choices Final Report, the Victorian Government announced its intention to commence consultations for a voluntary assisted dying framework in Victoria. An expert Ministerial Advisory Panel was established to facilitate this...