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After the defeat of the Death with Dignity Bill 2016, Rose made the desperate decision to take matters into her own hands. The 24 MPs who voted against the Bill were all unavailable for comment
Death with Dignity Bill 2016
The Death with Dignity Bill 2016 was defeated on the 16th-17th November by the narrowest of margins, on the casting vote of the Speaker, Hon Michael Atkinson, a long term opponent of voluntary euthanasia.
Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016
Debate on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 2016 continued on October 20 with seven speakers but the Bill was subsequently withdrawn by the Hon Steph Key on the 2nd March 2017
Andrew Denton and GoGentleAustralia
Television producer, presenter, writer and comedian Andrew Denton has launched a campaign in support of legal assisted dying in Australia. Andrew’s profile, presence and skills are a welcome addition to the national campaign. His speeches, panel performances and arguments in support of voluntary euthanasia have provided a major stimulus to media interest in the debate and invigorated the campaign. Andrew and his team have created a website in support of the campaign, Go Gentle Australia, which provides facts, evidence, interviews, testimonials and inspiring resources in a dynamic and user friendly format.
The http://www.gogentleaustralia.org.au/ website is a major resource for the campaign and will provide continually up dated information for use by all participants in the debate.
For example, listen to Kylie Monaghan’s story and send your personalised copy of the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill to all 69 South Australian Members of Parliament, using BeTheBill. Listen also to nurse Anne Maxwell’s compelling story.
The recent launch of The Damage Done, an ebook documenting 150 stories from people who have suffered at the end of life, their families, doctors, nurses, carers and friends, provides an unarguable insight into why assisted dying legislation is needed in Australia.
The Damage Done was launched at the National Press Club on August 10. Andrew’s inspiring address is available here.
In 2015 Andrew and his team produced a series of 17 podcasts for The Wheeler Centre, titled Better Off Dead, which highlight the arguments for and against voluntary euthanasia. The series was the culmination of interviews in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Oregon in 2015.
Professionals and other citizens support for Voluntary Euthanasia
Nurses, Doctors, Christians, Young People, People with Disabilities and Lawyers, people from a broad cross section of the community have established organisations and networks in support of the legal right to voluntary euthanasia.
People with Disabilities: https://www.facebook.com/MY-BODY-MY-Choice-VE-350165335178263/
Young People: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261738790597072
SAVES was established in 1983 to campaign for legal voluntary euthanasia and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
A majority of Australians have consistently supported voluntary euthanasia. In a 2012 NewsPoll, 82.5% of Australians supported the choice of voluntary euthanasia for a person with unrelievable suffering.
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