More on Elder Abuse - Dying for Dollars

  Authorities estimate that something like 5% of Australians over the age of 65 will be abused at some time. But authorities also admit that the prevalence could indeed be double that figure given that one of the characteristics of this kind of crime is significant under reporting.In every Australian state and territory, the issue of Elder Abuse; that is: abuse of elderly people by a trusted relative or friend, often, but not exclusively, for financial gain, is becoming a serious problem. Continue reading

Stacking the Deck - The Tale of Two Reports

"Never suggest an inquiry unless you know the outcome beforehand."  A commonly used phrase in politics and, most likely, the kind of advice Sir Humphrey Appleby might have given Jim Hacker MP in the British political comedy,  !Yes Minister Continue reading

Not a Good Look - Queensland man jailed for assisted suicide

"Not a good look" said Phillip Nitschke to an ABC news journalist.  He was referring to the fact that  , the man convicted yesterday (Feb 16) in a Brisbane court of assisted suicide of Frank Ward in 2009 was the sole beneficiary of Ward's estate.Merin Nielsen Continue reading

"Don't Mention the War!"

  Just in case you hadn't noticed February 6 to 12 was "Euthanasia week" in the Netherlands.  And what better way to mark this, the tenth anniversary of the Dutch right-to-die legislation, than a film festival.Film buffs will be treated to an array of 35 films, old and new that deal with euthanasia  including five premieres â�� one focussing on the work of the  Continue reading

Just in case you hadn't noticed February 6 to 12 was "Euthanasia week" in the Netherlands. And what better way to mark this, the tenth anniversary of the Dutch right-to-die legislation, than a film festival.

Late last year we reported that the   was considering a move to create mobile euthanasia services in the Netherlands. Home delivery â�� Dutch style!Dutch Minister of Health, Edith Schippers Continue reading

Nitschke in the News - again

  On the 23 of January, the  Continue reading

Council of Europe: "Euthanasia must always be prohibited"

Comment by Alex Schadenberg cross posted from alexschadenberg.blogspot.com (25th January 2012)Yesterday  Continue reading

The Choice Illusion

Real choice is preserved without euthanasia & assisted suicide. We have an established routine in our family for the purchase of a used car. It's been honed over the last quarter decade and seems to work quite well. My role is to find the right vehicle and talk to the car salesman. Once I've established a few facts and signal a desire to purchase, I tell the salesman that I'll need to talk it over with my wife and get back to him. Continue reading

The Dutch mobilize death

  Minister  is quoted in the  Continue reading

The Dutch polish the slippery slope

  Once it was common to hear pro-euthanasia commentators dismiss, out-of-hand, any possibility that euthanasia & assisted suicide law could not be contained.  It's less common these days - most likely because The Dutch experiment continues to prove the hypothesis.The  Continue reading