Pages tagged "Australian Capital Territory (ACT)"
Jan 31, 2018
On 30 November, the ACT Legislative Assembly established a Select Committee to review and report on end of life choices in the ACT. The terms of reference for the Select Committee include inquiring into and reporting on ACT community views on the desirability of voluntary assisted dying being legislated in the ACT. Continue reading
Mar 14, 2014
A group of Canberra MLA's, advocates and people in the aged care and allied health sector today got an insight into the moral, legal and political puzzle that is voluntary euthanasia. Suicide is now decriminalised in all States and Territories so there was discussion about whether choosing to end your life should still be stigmatised. Should we talk about suicide at all or maybe have a term like elective death? A valid question given where the law stands. But it begs other questions which I asked at the forum.Back on earth we regulate autonomy all the time - to guard against the worst decisions and outcomes. There are a long list of choices we regulate where autonomy intersects with the lives and wellbeing of others, such as selling and consuming hard drugs or naming your child Adolf Hitler. Continue reading