Death Tourism Industry on the way for Tasmania

An article in today's  Hobart Mercury confirms Exit International's attention on the euthanasia & assisted suicide bill set to be debated in the Tasmanian Parliament next week.
Director, Dr Philip Nitschke confirms that, in his opinion, the closure of the online secure market place, Silk Road which was clearly being used by people wanting to purchase the death-drug nembutal, will refocus their attention on the Apple Isle if the bill is passed.

Dr Nitschke said a while ago that, if the Tasmanian legislation passed, he would look to set up a clinic in Tasmania. This idea was not welcomed by the Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings at the time.
From the article:

But the Exit International director said the sudden closure of the Silk Road site last week had cut access to such drugs and refocused attention on whether Tasmania's legislation could provide help for people from other states.

He said a growing number of elderly Australians had used Silk Road to acquire Nembutal since the details and associated security browser information were published in his Peaceful Pill e-handbook earlier this year.

Exit International has welcomed the softening of residential requirements for access to Tasmania's proposed euthanasia law.

"Having good legislation in place is a little like having your own supply of Nembutal in the cupboard -- you hope you will never need it but it is a great comfort knowing it's there," Dr Nitschke said.


This is all a bit much, really. Firstly, news reports suggest that The Silk Road was replaced, within hours of closure, by other similar facilities offering anonymity for transactions. This whole idea that somehow people gain comfort in either having a bottle of poison in the fridge or having legislation as the only form of comfort is a little hard to swallow. People make their choices, yes, but for most people, the fear of the future is dealt with in other, less-dramatic ways.

Nitschke also welcomed the 'softening' of residential requirements. They're almost non-existent and totally useless if the objective of Giddings and McKim was to deal with the public concern about the Apple Isle becoming the Death State.