March 7th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Behind Malcolm Turnbull's pitch for green votes

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Costello question that refuses to go away

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: China's spending spree: our sovereignty at risk

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Targeted spending needed to promote Australian jobs

NEW ZEALAND: Kiwibank goes from strength to strength

QUEENSLAND: Premier Bligh calls snap election

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY: Shooting the messenger undermines democracy

HEALTH: Labor's campaign against doctors' private practices

UNITED STATES: The nightmarish cabinet of President Obama

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: UN whitewash of China human rights abuses

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM: What to do with Guantánamo detainees?

SPECIAL FEATURE: The agnostic who took on Darwin and Dawkins

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Sexual suicide of Western society

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Social websites harm children's brains - top neuroscientist / Conspiracy theory? / 'Right to die' can become a 'duty to die'

Euthanasia and dementia sufferers (letter)

Wilson Tuckey I (letter)

Wilson Tuckey II (letter)

CINEMA: Stylised miniature of feminist mythology - Revolutionary Road

BOOKS: ATTILA THE HUN: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire, by Christopher Kelly

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Euthanasia and dementia sufferers (letter)

by Hal G.P. Colebatch

News Weekly, March 7, 2009

Paul Russell's points against Baroness Mary Warnock's advocacy of euthanasia for those suffering from dementia are true and wholly commendable. (News Weekly, February 7, 2009).

However, there is an additional, perhaps more secular, point to be made.

Should euthanasia ever be legitimised for dementia patients this will not only degrade the value we place on human life and worth, and put our society on the slippery slope to Auschwitz, but it will also militate against research to cure dementia and to prolong healthy and good-quality life - some of which is already bearing fruit.

Had our forefathers turned to euthanasia for various apparently hopeless conditions instead of searching for cures in the past, many treatments and cures would never have been discovered, and we could still expect life to be virtually ended by 50 or so, with many conditions now treatable being, literally, death sentences.

Hal G.P. Colebatch,
Nedlands, WA

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