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Euthanasia law creates moral dilemma for clergy

The moral dilemma “forced upon” clergy and pastoral carers by the commencement of the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act in South Australia has been highlighted by bioethicist Fr Joseph Parkinson. Source: The Southern Cross.


Victorian doctors push to scrap euthanasia safeguards

A gag clause prohibiting physicians from initiating conversations about euthanasia with the terminally ill is one of many legislative safeguards that should be abolished, say advocates pushing for a major reform of Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying legislation. Source: The Age.


States pushing the boundaries on right to die

A second wave of voluntary euthanasia laws is being pursued nationally to allow telehealth appointments, abolish residency requirements and extend the schemes to dementia sufferers. Source: The Australian.


‘Distressing’ push to train medical students in euthanasia

Former Australian Medical Association national vice-president Stephen Parnis has expressed “serious” concern about the “distressing” push to train student doctors in euthanasia as part of their university degrees. Source: The Australian.


ACT may consider euthanasia for under 18s

The ACT Government is open to considering whether voluntary euthanasia could be available to older teenagers. Source: Canberra Times.

Euthanasia Health

Accompanying the dying paramount for Catholic health providers

As voluntary assisted dying laws came into effect in South Australia this week, Catholic Health Australia has reiterated the focus of its members on “healing and accompanying the dying through excellent end-of-life care”. Source: The Southern Cross.


Queensland’s deputy premier urges UK to pass euthanasia laws

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles has written to British MPs urging them to back euthanasia laws for the terminally ill. Source: The Australian.


Catholic priests might deny sacraments in euthanasia cases

Terminally ill people who end their lives with voluntary euthanasia could be denied the last rites when Queensland becomes the fourth state to operate a right-to-die program on January 1. Source: The Australian.

Euthanasia Northern Territory

Northern Territory Government won’t rush to introduce euthanasia laws

The Northern Territory Government will not commit to legislating for voluntary euthanasia before the 2024 election. Source: NT News.