The puppet and the puppeteer (part 2)

What a fascinating 24 hours in Federal politics! As suggested in yesterday's post, Bob Brown's  has been referred to the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee with a report date of the 21st of March. Continue reading

The puppet and the puppeteer

Gillard bows to Greens same sex and euthanasia agenda Prime Minister Gillard's latest accommodation of Bob Brown and the Green's agenda tells us a great deal about Federal Labor's fragile hold on power.  The ever-present Damoclesian sword wielded by Green, Adam Bandt in the House of Reps clearly has the Prime Minister off her cornflakes.Why else would she back Brown's new bill to reduce the Commonwealth's powers of veto over the ACT?  This is especially so when, on the substantive issues of euthanasia and same sex marriage that lurk behind this move, she has made her opposition known. Continue reading

HOPE Launches Tasmanian Campaign

In 1998, the Community Development Committee of the Tasmanian Parliament reported on its deliberations about euthanasia in a report entitled:  .The Need for Legislation on Voluntary Euthanasia Continue reading

Safeguards: the Precautionary Principle and the Tasmanian Premier

 the precept that an action should not be taken if the consequences are uncertain and potentially dangerous  precautionary principle â�� n: Continue reading

Tasmanian Museum Peddles Death

Multi-millionaire, David Walsh's assault on the senses in his new Art Museum on the banks of the Derwent river, Hobart, would seem to be an attempt to offend almost everyone. From rotting animal carcasses to the remains of a suicide bomber made from Belgian chocolate and an 'excrement machine' that mimics the human body's waste evacuation system, there would seem to be something here to shock everyone.Hardly surprising then that Walsh should claim that 'understanding' of the 'artworks' increases as a person's alcohol level increases!  Mmmm.  Replace 'understanding' with 'desensitizing' and maybe we're getting closer to the truth. Continue reading

Article acknowledges 'highly organised' HOPE campaign

 A recent article in   newspaper reported on a new Australia Institute survey claiming that something like 75% of Australians support euthanasia.  If we compare that to recent, long running polls claiming upward of 85% support, then there might be some cause for celebration!  Perhaps not.The Age Continue reading

Calls for a national approach to Elder Abuse

  The national newspaper, , ran an article today calling for a national hotline to be set up to deal with the problem of  Continue reading

Advertising Standards Bureau - Exit common sense

On the 26th of November, the Australian   (ASB) dismissed complaints against Exit International's billboard advertising campaign that ran in Sydney.Advertising Standards Bureau Continue reading

Hill's Kill Bill - Open season on patients

Readers may recall the eleventh hour intervention by the South Australian Health Minister, John Hill the day before the euthanasia debate that raised serious doubts about the Parnell Bill.  How this affected the outcome of the debate the next day is anybody's guess â�� but it was certainly a welcome statement that supported our observations.  That same day, however, Mr Hill circulated a draft bill which, we understand, may be tabled in the parliament in the New Year. Mr Hill's alternative is very different in approach to the legislative frameworks adopted by pro-euthanasia MPs over recent years.  We've had bills designed to create stand alone acts and bills that amend existing acts of the SA Parliament but, to my knowledge we have never seen a euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that restricts itself entirely to amending the SA Criminal Code (the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935, to be precise).The Hill 'Kill Bill' creates a legal defence against an act of euthanasia or assisting in a suicide for a medical practitioner or for another person who aids a medical practitioner in an act of euthanasia or assisted suicide within Division 1 (homicide) Subsection 13 (manslaughter) of the Act. Continue reading

More from Scotland - this time on Adult Abuse

At the same time as the Scottish Parliament was about to throw Margo MacDonald's euthanasia bill out into the cold, a disturbing report from Aberdeenshire Council suggests that there are up to 100 reports each month of vulnerable adults being abused. This abuse mostly affects those with a disability, mental or other illness.It is simply not true to assume that the disadvantaged and vulnerable have the same protection of the law and knowledge of and ability to claim their rights as others in the community.  Consequently, it can never be claimed that access to euthanasia and assisted suicide by the disabled is about a level playing field. Continue reading