Paul Keating, former Prime Minister, has warned that any law permitting assisted suicide would undermine the "civilisational ethic that should be at the heart of our secular society". He observes that once such a law is passed "the expectations of patients and families will change. The culture of dying, despite certain and intense resistance, will gradually permeate into our medical, health, social and institutional arrangements. It stands for everything a truly civil society should stand against. A change of this kind will affect our entire community not just a small number of dying patients."
When the Senate resumes it will devote three days from 14 to 16 August to debating and voting on an assisted suicide bill introduced by libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm.
FATAL FLAWS: a must see doco on assisted suicide and euthanasia
By Richard Egan
Fatal Flaws is a newly released documentary by Kevin Dunn on euthanasia and assisted suicide laws.
As its title suggests, the movie documents real flaws in these laws that pose fatal risks to the elderly, the disabled, the mentally ill and, indeed, all of us.