Category Archives: In the News

Academic Tries to Re-open Discussion

A local Academic has called for the revival of local discussion on whether euthanasia should be allowed.  But as some readers’ comments suggest, the issue is seen as peripheral and irrelevant to an esteemed institution of learning the Australian National … Continue reading

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Lack of Understanding of Suicide Bodes Ill for Safeguards

This feature, from the local Press demonstrates that the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T) health system, among others, cannot yet understand, let alone prevent an alarmingly high rate of suicides here. So how on earth would any so-called safeguards function adequately … Continue reading

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Scrutinise Ethics for Children, Before it’s Too Late

Preventing legalisation of euthanasia in a society surely starts with providing kids with sound ethical frameworks by which to evaluate such laws. In the State Parliament of New South Wales, an Inquiry is ongoing to evaluate the worth of ethics … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence Opens Us Up to Greater Vulnerability

Protection from the ideas euthanasia and assisted suicide can come from improving laws on domestic violence and the living conditions of people with disabilities. It’s good to see that in this story from the local rag, a  group called Advocacy … Continue reading

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Changing the Australian Culture of Death: the NDIS offers Hope

The think-tank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, has released a paper called Disability Expectations,: Investing in a Better Life, a Stronger Australia.  It rightly points out that, for the government’s proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme to work, there needs to be an … Continue reading

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The story of Botox is a very interesting one indeed, especially its journey from derivative of a deadly poison, to beauty treatment, and on to be part of therapy or even a remedy for various ills. Lately, as this story … Continue reading

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Good Grief! Defining the Normal as the “Disordered” Raises Euthanasia Risk.

Psychiatrists have recently met to revise their most important diagnostic tool, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). One of the “new” disorders under consideration in the Manual’s newest edition, DSM 5, is grief. Grief includes aspects of … Continue reading

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