Pages tagged "Melbourne"
Me Before You: ableist promotion of death rather than disability
Jun 24, 2016
by Canberra writer and member of Lives Worth Living, Daniel Pask (pictured) Disability activists from Melbourne and Canberra gathered to protest the message of the film, Me Before You at a screening in Melbourne.Me Before You focusses on the lead character who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident. (Spoiler alert) The film closes with his suicide in the Dignitas death facility in Zurich. Continue reading
Dr Syme: posing the wrong questions
May 15, 2014
The ABC website The Drum recently gave Dr Rodney Syme space to continue his public defence of his actions in respect to the 2009 death of Steve Guest in Melbourne. Syme admits to providing Guest with Nembutal but claims he did so for palliative reasons, saying 'it was not my intention' that he should end his life. Syme's broader intention seems clear enough: goad the law into acting against him as a way of testing the Victorian prohibition on assisting in suicide, or, should the Police not prosecute or fail in an attempt to prosecute, to build upon such momentum towards reform of the law.He asks the question, in the title of his article: Am I a criminal or a good doctor? It is a posturing that suits his ends, but, in my opinion, is not the question that needs to be answered. The courts determine criminality or otherwise and whether or not Syme is a good doctor is neither here nor there. Continue reading
No one should be reliant on a Dr Death.
May 13, 2014
Dr Syme, 78, said after watching state Parliaments reject 16 euthanasia bills over the past 20 years he was ready to "out" himself and be charged over Mr Guest's death because a court case could set a useful legal precedent for doctors who are too scared to help terminally ill people end their own lives. "I just believe passionately that there are too many people suffering too much not to try a little bit harder to change things, and a lot of these things, it seems, will only be changed in a court decision, so bring it on," said the urologist and vice-president of Dying with Dignity Victoria. ''I said in 1992 that if the law wasn't changed in 10 years I would create a court challenge and here we are 12 years later and it still hasn't happened. It was beginning to get to me. I'd think, where is my courage?'' Continue reading