Assisted Dying

From episode 124

7:18 Victoria is very close to passing voluntary assisted dying laws and the Greens have proposed to look at similar legislation to be enacted at the Federal level. We discuss whether this is constitutionally valid and look at the possible negative implications.

13:02 If the voluntary assisted dying laws are passed in Victoria then the debate will move on to the problem of religious hospitals refusing to provide the service and refusing to assist patients who may wish to transfer out of their hospitals to get assisted dying elsewhere.

From episode 121

39:11 Paul Keating told John Hewson that he wanted to do him slowly and it seems that Paul Keating, in relation to assisted dying, wants to do us all slowly.

From episode 119

4:59 We start off with the assisted dying debate and the fact that the debate is not happening in Queensland despite the recent Labor conference passing a motion in favour of introducing voluntary euthanasia laws.

8:36 In last weeks episode, we opined that Paul Keating would have got stuck into opponents of progressive law reform however 48 hours later he produced an article strongly criticizing the proposed assisted dying laws in Victoria. Unfortunately, his arguments were emotional and factually incorrect. His main argument was that the current view of what it means to be human is sacred and cannot evolve and he objected to the idea that some people are better off dead. He incorrectly stated that the slippery slope argument has been fulfilled in other jurisdictions and he accused others of an emotional argument which he himself was guilty of.

18:46 We refer to an excellent article from Neil Francis from his “dying for choice” blog which puts forward a good case that our current politicians are unrepresentative swill particularly in relation to conservative politicians and there voting patterns on voluntary euthanasia bills compared to the support for these bills in the community.

From episode 115

35:46 We take a look at proposed legislation for assisted dying in New South Wales and Victoria and also look at a useful document provided by Dying with Dignity.

From episode 107

32:28 The Victorian Deputy Premier has decided he is not in favour of voluntary euthanasia laws and surprise surprise he is a staunch Catholic who is seemingly only persuaded by personal experience.

1:14:01 We expose and interesting twist to the Charlie Gard story which comes about as the UK courts had to consider an assisted dying application at the same time.

From episode 105

1:11 The Fist kicks off with assisted suicide and the refusal by a Catholic hospital to provide the service if it is legalised and he also looks at whether the Federal government could overturn State legislation.

From episode 103

29:38 Andrew Denton highlights the actions of the Christian lobby to stop assisted dying legislation in Victoria.

From episode 95

24:48 Catholic Bishops are at it again as they implore the flock to fight against efforts to introduce voluntary euthanasia.


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