A review committee that passes everything, and a co-chairman who personally profits. What could go wrong?

Belgian euthanasia is now so out of control that even some local pro euthanasia groups are questioning the process.

Tasmania’s Parliament has recently voted down Euthanasia legislation which is a personal whim of the current Premier and the leader of The Greens.  During debate it was argued that the Belgium experience was exemplary, and indication that there were no inherent problems.  Tasmania was not even going to have the limited protections that are failing the Belgians.

The Canadian National Post covers the issue well http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/22/death-by-doctor-controversial-physician-has-made-his-name-delivering-euthanasia-when-no-one-else-will/

The linked article is excellent, I won’t go over their ground.  However with specific  reference to the Tasmania experience, in quick point form the issues I can see.

The review committee is an offensive joke. 

No referrals, ever, in 11 years.  The committee co-chairman is an extremist advocate and activist practitioner.  “A minute” to review the internationally reported incident of an abused person, born a girl, who underwent gender reassignment, was dissatisfied, and was euthanaised by the committee co-chair.

An expansion of scope to “existential” suffering, “borderline cases”, euthanasia tourists, and a push for children.

Depressed patients being euthanaised.

Multiple evidence of a “slippery slope”, and a growing rate of euthanasia.

Tasmania is well served by its Legislative Council, if the Premier and the leader of The Greens are dissatisfied they could perhaps consider their own personal frolics and the impact that has had on parliamentary efficiency in 2013.


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