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‘Fade to Black’ in Port Macquarie

The documentary ‘Fade to Black’ is coming to Australian cinemas this August. ‘Fade to Black’ (1.5 hours) follows the travails of Peter Short, who mounted a personal campaign for legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in the lead up to his death in December 2014. In addition...

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‘Fade to black’: Peter Short’s legacy

The documentary 'Fade to Black' is coming to Australian cinemas this August. It will be taken on a nationwide tour with screenings in every capital city followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Jeremy Ervine and a selection of special guests. The NSW screenings are: Thursday 3 August 1 pm and 6.30 pm...

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Final Report defines bill for Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel Final Report has made 66 recommendations around the drafting of a voluntary assisted dying law. The Panel, was headed by Professor Brian Owler, the immediate past President of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Owler said the Victorian model was closest to...

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Harry’s Story

Harry Gardner, aged 90, is dying from prostate cancer and calling for the right to end his own life before he reaches the “horrific” final stages of the disease. Harry, a former scientist and talented folk musician, said he had heard the pain was “horrific” in...

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Church and States battle

There are non-religious people who are wary of introducing voluntary assisted dying laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. It was the organisation and funding from the broad Catholic church – as well fierce opposition from the AMA and concern from some Indigenous groups...

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AMA past president supports VAD

Photo of Professor Brian Owler thanks to SMH photo by Andrew Meares Neurosurgeon and the immediate past federal president of the AMA and a former head of the NSW body, Professor Brian Owler says it was the “terrible death” of his father that convinced him to...

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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...

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Jen Barnes leads Victorian petition

Jen Barnes is a Victorian nurse of 40 years, who is dying of brain cancer. Jen and her husband Ken, like 75% of Victorians, want a voluntary assisted dying law. Jen has said: "I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far...

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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....

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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...