July 11th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Boat people: Labor's policy backfires

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Malcolm Turnbull's reckless gamble

COVER STORY: Behind the turmoil in Iran

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Economic crisis parallels the Great Depression

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Limit foreign ownership of key industries: NCC

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Promised benefits from free trade fail to materialise

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Rudd's emission trading scheme hits roadblock

SRI LANKA: Defeated, friendless Tamils face annihilation

MEN'S HEALTH: Male suicide - the silent epidemic

ENVIRONMENTALISM: Green doctrine spells death to humanity

CIVILISATION: The battle we are still fighting

Tasmania's sources of renewable energy (letter)

Justin Madden, a man for all seasons? (letter)

Euthanasia I (letter)

Euthanasia II (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Europe's political realignment / Marginalisation of fatherhood


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Euthanasia II (letter)

by Brian Harris

News Weekly, July 11, 2009

Australia's euthanasia "Doctor Death" Phillip Nitschke has returned to Australia from "his travelling roadshow" overseas, just in time for the introduction of a bill in the Tasmanian parliament "to legalise assisted suicide", according to Tim Cannon's article (News Weekly, June 13).

Many elderly Australians, who are in great fear of severe suffering at the end of their lives, want to learn Nitschke's macabre ways of killing themselves. They are promised it will be painless and that they can kill themselves with the assistance of others but without breaking the rule of law.

They are not aware that excellent palliative care is available. In light of this, federal and state parliaments could do something far more positive for elderly people in this predicament and, as Tim Cannon, suggests, "take their concerns seriously by acknowledging the importance of end-of life care".

Such care could include better nursing homes as well as spiritual support and counselling, not only for the elderly and sick but for their families as well.

Brian Harris,
Hadfield, Vic.

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