29th May 2018
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Police conduct euthanasia raids on the elderly
Author: Ben Hocking
Police conduct euthanasia raids

Acting on instruction from the Australian Federal Police, Queensland police initiated a series of night-time raids on retirement villages, cracking down on the importation of euthanasia drugs, according to reports fom Exit International.

Under the guise of carrying out ‘wellness checks’, police arrived stating that they believed residents had imported euthanasia drugs and sought access to properties to carry out a search, the leading euthanasia organisation said.

In one case, an elderly resident in a Tweed Heads retirement village was allegedly visited by police at midnight.

According to news reports, police demanded that he hand over euthanasia drugs they believed he had imported.

Exit International, founded by Dr Phillip Nitschke, raised concerns about the raids and advised any members who find themselves a victim of a raid not to answer any questions put to them by police, other than providing their names and addresses.

Exit International also advised its members to refuse police entry to the property unless they were able to produce a search warrant.

Dr Nitschke said that the decision by the Australian Federal Police to target elderly Australians who were desperate to control the end of their life, was an example of an abuse of power.

“To use federal law enforcement to bully the elderly and to try to control a growing social phenomena where elderly people are demanding control over the manner and timing of their death is doomed to fail,” Dr Nitschke said.

“As populations age, the elderly increasingly demand this control, whether by travelling to an enlightened legislative environment, like Professor Goodall did when he travelled to Switzerland to die, or by using the internet to import the best end-of-life drugs, and this trend will continue regardless of the actions of the AFP.

“Attempting to criminalise elderly Australians who have lived their lives as law-abiding citizens is policy flawed and misdirected.”

Dr Nitschke said he had been contacting federal politicians to ask questions about who was responsible for instigating the raids.

Opinion: Police harassment an abuse of power

Elderly people who are in extreme pain or suffering and who may be contemplating ending their lives, are among the most vulnerable in our community.

The idea of adding further stress to an already disturbing situation through night-time raids on retirement villages is utterly reprehensible.

Most Australians support euthanasia and the fact that it remains banned across most of the country makes it a bad law, unrepresentative of the people.

Some polls suggest that up to 80 per cent of Australians support voluntary euthanasia.

The Victorian Parliament had the good sense and courage to enact assisted dying legislation late last year, with the new rules set to take effect from June next year.

While the laws in the rest of the country continue to lag behind community opinion on this issue, police do have a choice when it comes to administering bad laws.

Raiding retirement villages at midnight is not the way to go, nor is harassing Australians who simply want to exercise their human right to die with dignity.

These offences should be a low priority for the police, and these raids represent a massive waste of scarce police resources.

NSW Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge has called on the state’s Police Commissioner to urgently review any NSW Police involvement in the events, as it involved a retirement village on the border with Queensland.

There should also be a full investigation into who authorised the raids, and why they were conducted to cause maximum disruption.

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    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    10:10am
    Why are such raids reprehensible? The potential for abuse is clear when a nursing home etc retains stocks of euthenasia drugs... and while ever it remains against the law, police have a duty to check and ensure the truth of what is actually occurring.

    Indeed the people in that situation are the most vulnerable..... and already there have been far too many examples of staff bumping them off for gain or just for spite.

    Doctors 'help' people along sometimes - we all know that - but let's be certain of the parameters here before we start leaping up and down. Once you're gone, you're gone and you don't get to sit up there viewing how your absence affects other people.

    There are arguments both ways on this issue... I'm not sure nursing homes should be making the decision on the merit of someone's euthenasia.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    10:24am
    http://www.davegranlund.com/cartoons/wp-content/uploads/arc515.jpg

    Copy and paste - good cartoon....
    George
    30th May 2018
    11:11am
    Agree, such drugs could be used to get rid of the elderly, either by rogue staff or by relatives pressurising them to go away! So, the bias in this article should not mislead people to jump to conclusions of heavy-handedness by authorities.
    Poppysmum
    30th May 2018
    11:51am
    So where does it mention "Nursing Homes"?
    RAY GUN
    30th May 2018
    11:54am
    Of course these raids are ridiculous - what a waste luckily there is no white collar crime , domestic violence or terrorist threats. When there are no palliative care beds available (brother dying of brain cancer and stuck in a sterile hospital in QLD) why wouldn't an aged person whant to be in control of THEIR fate.
    Just because it is a law does not mean it is JUST and it is the responsibility of all to confront unjust laws.
    (Remember conscription and segregation and subjugation of womens rights including voting - all were the law at the time)
    Joy Anne
    30th May 2018
    11:54am
    Please read the article nothing to do with nursing homes. It is the elderly ordering these drugs and doing it themself. The Turnbull Govt is at fault screwing pensioners and expecting them to live on a pittance.
    Travellersjoy
    30th May 2018
    12:11pm
    The article doesn't say nursing homes have stocks of these drugs.

    It said individuals living in homes have these drugs for their personal use.

    No-one could accept the idea that nursing homes could freely off their residents, but surely individual residents should have a right to choose their own terms for going.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:08pm
    Retirement villages then.....
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:11pm
    Women got the vote in 1900 here - four years after universal male suffrage - let's not gild the lily too much with propaganda... my grandmother had the vote before my grandfather who was younger than she was.

    And please - none of this 'international brotherhood of woman's oppression' bumph, please..... this nation has done more than well by its women, for a backward colonial convict state....
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:14pm
    I didn't say that people might not have the 'right' to off themselves - I was merely pointing out the problems with establishments.

    As someone said, it is not outside the realm of belief that a relative might bump off the elder.... using something allegedly kept by that elder..... and unfortunately it is the duty of police to check regardless of whether or not the law concerned is currently legal.....

    You'd need to look over my learned dissertation on the difference between Law and law and legislation, and then regulation and even jurisprudence.... it's a complex issue.
    trood
    30th May 2018
    2:19pm
    What are you trying to do Trebor, make mountains out of molehills?

    This has nothing to do with nursing homes!!!! And it's not nothing to do with Retirement villages !!! except that this might be a place where the elderly who are interested in determining their own time of death might live but they also live in the general population.
    And its got nothing to do with relatives trying to bump the oldies off.

    I am very disappointed and disgusted that the Police can't find something criminal to pay attention to.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:42pm
    I cleared that up down stream, trood - stop jumping up and down.... but even though I made a simple mistake, it is germane to discuss such stocks in nursing homes....
    johnp
    30th May 2018
    11:15am
    Didnt think it was the nursing home's decision cos the article said
    "elderly resident in a Tweed Heads retirement village was allegedly visited by police at midnight. police demanded that he hand over euthanasia drugs they believed he had imported."
    Let people make their own decision like the professor Goodall that went to switzerland recently to be euthanised
    Joy Anne
    30th May 2018
    11:46am
    Yes agree John people are not reading the article. If these want to order and end there life it is understandable as the Turnbull Govt is stopping and interfering too much and destroying pensioners lives with his screwing pensioners and expecting to live off the pension to cover their MUST amenities like scripts rent etc.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:17pm
    Maybe she/he was a euthanasia drug smuggler....... selling on the sly.....

    ... don't forget the push to 'down-size' and /or live off the proceeds of your home and other assets before getting a pension, and to include the family home in the pension assets test...

    Now wonder some might consider the pasture greener on the other side of the Pearly Gates... personally I'd rather fight the oppressor/invader than give up .....

    Back-lash coming, methinks... and not before time.
    trood
    30th May 2018
    2:21pm
    Honestly Trebor I think you've lost your marbles today with the tripe you are writing!
    Kaz
    4th Jun 2018
    2:00pm
    For goodness sake Trebor, you change your words to suit yourself and your argument. It said retirement village. It is a good idea to have some medication to assist if you are concerned you’ll end up lying in a bed unable to do anything for yourself. Forget about those you leave behind, they need to respect your decision. You would think police have better things to do. They probably thought so.
    Old Geezer
    30th May 2018
    11:16am
    My thought was haven't police got better things to do instead of harassing these people.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:19pm
    Not really - since they were created anew into the social and political police (Geheime Staats Polizei), their time is massively consumed by domestic non-violence, real violence in homes on an equal basis, drink driving after two schooners, chasing after legally owned firearms, and other such things. Only in recent times, with the advent of the realisation and acceptance of ethnic criminal gangs, have the police begun to do their real job for a change.
    patti
    30th May 2018
    11:18am
    I would prefer to see the police out in force, doing more to help those suffering domestic violence, ice addiction, more policing of crazy drivers who think the rules don't apply to them etc. When the real crimes are being addressed, there will be not time left over for this. I take Trebor's point below, but I I decide I want to end my own life, that is no-one's business but mine
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:25pm
    Yup - had four ladies in the Terr'uh-tree yesterday, and had a pair of truck hoons trying to monster me on the roads... pissy little 2-4 tonners, mind - speeding, tail-gating, cutting me off, and boxing me in with one beside me and one tail-gating... I could see them talking away on their CBs about how smart they were and how tough... I must hook mine up so I can give it to them.

    Their numbers are now being processed.... I think they're in for a shock if charged with intimidating driving... no more job....
    At one time I sped away from them at about 120 in the 100 zone, slowed down again to 100, and they accelerated and started all over again... what a pair of idiots with serious problems in their mindless heads....
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:53pm
    Indeed - if you wish to take your own life - it's up to you.... but there could be other issues about holding stocks of fatal medications, such as misuse by others etc.

    I'm divided on self-euthanasia.
    diogenes
    30th May 2018
    11:23am
    I don't know of 'too many examples of ... bumping off. That is certainly a matter for the police. But, an elderly resident obtaining euthanasia material is a personal matter and we must presume in good faith and without prejudice that it is done with consideration for those left behind - again that is also entirely personal and no one else's business. The police should have no right to raid my medicine cabinet looking for my stock of 'end-of-life' medication, just as they have no right to raid my wine cellar or cheese cupboard unless they have reasonable evidence of illegal substances.
    HS
    30th May 2018
    11:24am
    If there is an illegal activity going on, the police have full rights to investigate and do whatever is necessary to stop such activity and arrest those who are conducting unlawful acts.
    Rosret
    30th May 2018
    11:38am
    True - although they are already in prison for life so I wonder what the punishment would be? Further suffering.
    HS
    30th May 2018
    11:58am
    It's a conflict of morals, mainly between religious pundits and the government that is too scared to bring in legislation to make euthanasia legal in a similar way the state of Victoria has done recently.
    However, nursing homes are not a prison, they are a sanctuary for the old frail and sick.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:27pm
    Sorry guys - I confused the issue by mixing up retirement village with nursing home... retirement village is sort of like Club Fed prison rather than Supermax... sort of...
    Rosret
    30th May 2018
    11:36am
    Well I have Auschwitz for the aged being built over the road from me. You can die slowly in their "care" in a living coffin or you can buy a few pills on the net. Your choice.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:28pm
    'Please do not distress inmates by discussing the outside world'.....
    Not a Bludger
    30th May 2018
    11:38am
    Well said, Patti - the police should be to focus on real crime and enforcement.
    Onemore
    30th May 2018
    11:40am
    One would think that they would turn a blind eye to it all, let them do themselves and then less pensions to be paid by the government, which is what they want in the end isn't it? Less burden on the taxpayers.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:29pm
    Maybe the drugs were government supplied under the guise of licorice balls or something......... ever thought of that....?

    (joking).... (really)..... (just joking... seriously)....... (only joking).....
    Charlie
    30th May 2018
    11:42am
    Nursing homes may have a lot of people who want to die painlessly but cant, because the body doesn't like the idea of dying. Just try not breathing and see the reaction against it.

    But there are another group of people in nursing homes who have rights too and they haven't been mentioned here. They are the ones who are not ready to die yet and still have a fair bit of money, not signed over to the nursing home. Obviously they want to see their wealth distributed among their family despite being a little demented and not fully in control.

    The drugs used for euthanasia, are far too lethal to be left in the hands of patients and nursing home managers. There would be no record of the quantity of the drug available or the quantity of drug used so it could easily find its way into the hands of criminals.

    If we are going to have legal euthanasia at all, it will need to be strictly controlled.
    Poppysmum
    30th May 2018
    11:50am
    The article says raids were made on Retirement Villages, didn't mention Nursing Homes that I could see...there is a huge difference. Retirement Villages usually home people who are completely in control of their destinies......and so they should be. If that means the right to die when and where they choose...I say "Bring It On"!
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:33pm
    Yes - I saw the program where AVEO stomped on dissidents and complainers and was all Chinese Neo-Captialism (life's cheap for that kind!) ....... the biggest concern for me in any such environment is the loss of personal sovereignty... on the other hand I recently applied for a job at one of the better retirement villages - and spoke with an old chap there while waiting (jeez - I'm a mere slip of a lad at 69 next month - but going on 29), and he was very pleased with it.... they even had a large pond that was stocked with fish so they could catch and release, just for the fun of it.

    Depends on the way it's run .....
    Puglet
    30th May 2018
    12:01pm
    The raids were conducted at night (very early morning) by the AFP on private homes. It has nothing to do with nursing homes. Several police turn up to ‘check’ if the home owner is OK. They are pleasant and seem rather embarrassed at having to wake elderly people up. The AFP have been notified that some people have imported the drugs usually used for personal use. There is never enough for more than one person (too expensive). The AFP don’t have warrants and leave empty handed. It takes considerable effort and risk to procure these drugs so the person wanting them has to be very sure. Most people I know have no intention of using them until they are forced into nursing homes or will die a very painful death such as Cancer or MND. It seems the AFP are more compassionate than some posters.
    Rosret
    30th May 2018
    12:09pm
    In which case that is fine as you never know when someone is trying to bump off 'Aunty Maude' for her money. - But early morning visits - why? Are they a flight risk?
    Puglet
    30th May 2018
    12:26pm
    I can only guess the reason the AFP do midnight raids or in one case 5am raids. It is illegal to import 200mls of Nembutal as it is to import 10Kg of cocaine and importers are most likely to be home and to resist arrest. The AFP raids were different - no warrants so they can’t enter the premises without invitation or conduct searches. I suppose these visits serve as a warning ‘we know what you are doing’!. If I wanted to knock Aunty Maude off I wouldn’t import Nembutal (unless she paid for it)!
    Dabbydoos
    30th May 2018
    12:06pm
    With you all the way Patti. Lets see our tax paid police force used to fight crime not abuse the elderly.
    Travellersjoy
    30th May 2018
    12:08pm
    It's pretty tragic when Australian governments can deploy police to enforce Catholic dogma on private citizens in good standing and in their right minds.

    Just when do the toxic middle ages end in 21st century Australia?

    We desperately need to get some legal clarity about the difference between choosing to end one's own life on one's own terms, and being offed by someone else.

    I personally believe there is a place for euthanasia (where someone else makes the decision and does the deed because I cannot, and it would be a mercy to me), but it is a much more fraught situation where the intent might be a benefit to someone else.
    That doesn't mean I should not be allowed a merciful end because we refuse to have the conversation, or think the issues through.
    Priscilla
    30th May 2018
    12:13pm
    If someone wants to take their own life that is their choice and believe it or not, NOBODY can stop them. Euthenasia will/can just make it more dignified and give people the chance to say their goodbuys to their loved ones. So long as it the decision of the person concerned then it should not be an issue.
    Tricky Dicky
    30th May 2018
    12:15pm
    Trebor - Agreed Police have a job to do but in the middle of the night and NO search warrant is definitely NOT ON. And there are ways and means of controlling Euthanasia such must have TWO independent Doctors and a Judge sign a certificate of euthanasia. No certificate = Murder charges against those who administer such drugs.

    Generally murder investigations happen during daylight hours. There a lot of S8 drugs kept by medical staff in Retirement village which include nursing homes. These drugs are on a strict register and must be prescribed for use by a doctor.

    So why should people suffer great pain until they die when death is certain in near future?? I am anti euthanasia myself but have suffered debilitating pain so i am split.

    remember murder is illegal but that does NOT stop BAD people killing others.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:35pm
    Yes - the timing was odd to say the least.
    Old Man
    30th May 2018
    12:18pm
    "While the laws in the rest of the country continue to lag behind community opinion on this issue, police do have a choice when it comes to administering bad laws."

    When did police become lawmakers or judges? Police have a responsibility to uphold the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are employed and they don't have the luxury of deciding which laws are "good" or "bad". If a law is considered to be wrong by the majority and enough pressure can be brought to bear then a law can be changed. Just because a vocal minority disagree with a law doesn't make it "bad".
    Puglet
    30th May 2018
    12:41pm
    The police who did the raids made it clear,that they found the whole exercise as distasteful as the rudely awakened home owners. The people weren’t asked if they had Nembutal and there was no attempt to find it (if it was there). It’s interesting that so far raids are occurring in QLD but the drugs are brought in by people in all States and Territories. As Boomers age it will occur more frequently.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:38pm
    I've discussed this before, OM - the police take the SS oath - to uphold the law as written (my legislator right or wrong) - not the judiciary oath to administer law (and possibly even justice - who knows?) to all equally.....

    The police have no discretion - the judiciary do.... and remember that not all laws actually equal Law, and that all legislation does not necessarily even equal law.

    30th May 2018
    12:53pm
    The laws need to change to allow euthanasia. In the mean time the community and the police need to mind their own damn business and stay out of it.
    KSS
    30th May 2018
    12:55pm
    Importation of these drugs is illegal. As is the importation of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, steroids, HGH, and a whole range of other drugs. You don't get to pick and choose which illegal importation you 'turn a blind eye to'. And the police - State or Federal - don't get to pick and choose which laws they uphold.

    Just because someone may be old does not make them any less of a law breaker whether you consider the particular law a 'bad' law or not.

    As others rightly point out, retirement villages are NOT nursing homes. In fact people have bemoaned on these very pages the fact that as people become less healthy or require more and more assistance, they are moved on from the independent living retirement villages.

    It is reasonable then, to conclude that in this particular case, the person suspected of having imported an illegal substance which may or may not have been for their own use is likely to be in reasonable health in the retirement village. Having then been brought to the attention of the appropriate authorities, the authorities are duty bound to act. They did, in a manner similar to other drug 'raids' which generally are initiated late at night or early morning for the element of surprise that this affords. Police do not normally make appointments with suspected law-breakers to raid and search their premises.

    And regardless of where you stand on the issue of euthanasia, the fact is importing the drugs is against the law. People should know that all mail (letters as well as parcels and packages) coming into Australia is scanned. The chance of contraband being detected is high - even if it is just a couple of pills or vials of injectables.

    Just about the only comment in the article that may be justified is the fact that without a search warrant, you can refuse entry to police for the purpose of a search and you can refuse to answer questions other than those that identify you (i.e. name, DoB, address etc). Of course you could be arrested for hindering a police enquiry which would get you away from the home so you could not dispose of the illegal drugs whilst the police obtain a warrant from the nearest court or judge!
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    1:41pm
    There have been cases of 60-70 year olds imprisoned for attempting to bring in drugs - on older chap went to gaol for trying to smuggle drug in a sailing boat....
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:57pm
    Don't answer questions except through a mouth-piece - sorry - a lawyer.....

    Arresting someone for hindering when they are standing on their legal rights shows what I said earlier about some laws not being legal.
    tisme
    30th May 2018
    1:18pm
    governments have got to stop playing god with peoples lives, ive nursed to many who have died in agony. why is it to leave an animal to suffer is cruel/inhuman/illegal but people its ok
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    30th May 2018
    2:13pm
    Just legalize assisted dying - and NOT like in Victoria with a million ridiculous strings attached. The majority want it legalized. Politicians were NOT elected to override the will of the people. They are supposed to REPRESENT us, NOT rule us.

    Anyone who has watched loved ones die slowly and in agony understands why assisted dying must be legalized. We are so much kinder to animals than to our own! Why this appalling cruelty to people who have had enough of life and just want a peaceful end?
    Old Geezer
    30th May 2018
    3:10pm
    I'm actually surprised that some people still die in agony as the fastest growing group that suicide now is over 80.

    We need to allow people to say good bye to their loved ones and die with dignity instead of lingering on for days sometimes weeks between life and death. It is not fair to them or the people waiting around waiting for them to die.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:57pm
    Put it to a vote of the people....
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    31st May 2018
    6:56am
    Politicians take no notice of the people, Trebor. They get elected and grow a God complex, thinking they know more than any of us and have a divine right to impose their will, and claim obscene payment for doing so.
    Hairy
    30th May 2018
    2:20pm
    If your life expectancy is nearing in hospital and you refuse oral pain killers.WTF do you think happens when they turn up the morpheme .i know what happens my father did it and was happy to die that way .so it already happens but not soon enough when there is continual pain and no way out.leave humans to die a painless peaceful death .there are people in circumstances that you would not keep your animals in they would be sent to sleep so stop the torture if humans.
    Eddy
    30th May 2018
    4:09pm
    What a waste of time for police to 'raid' for euthanasia drugs, imported or otherwise, haven't they better things to do. Bunnings will supply me enough poison to ensure the job is done. My power company pumps electricity into my home, that can be as fatal as any imported drug (and probably just as quick). How about drowning oneself in the bathtub, drowning is supposed to be a 'pleasant' death although I am not aware of anyone being able to confirm this. Maybe I could plant an oleander plant or a caster oil plant. It may be an 'old wives tale' (apologies to the ladies, no offence intended) that rhubarb leaves were deadly. Whatever carrying out midnight raids on elderly people does not seem to be an effective way to stamp out self determination.
    Knows-a-lot
    30th May 2018
    4:23pm
    The fascist pigs obviously have nothing better to do. It's easier to harrass a sick old person than to catch real criminals.
    Penny
    30th May 2018
    4:48pm
    Who wrote this article? Sounds like Nitschke wrote it himself. Philip Nitschke has a hidden agenda...actually it's not that hidden. He runs a suicide business. His driving belief is that suicide should be made available on demand. He shamelessly promotes himself and his suicide organisation ( Exit International). Nitschke operates a suicide store and sells suicide "stuff" He screens no-one. As long as you can do online banking..then he will sell stuff to you. He assists the sick, the elderly, the well and the young. Nitschke is less keen on making a public spectacle of himself over the deaths of people in their twenties. And these new young people who suffer from depression. Nitscke's aim is to sway public opinion to accept that old people should be able to suicide ( as long as Nitschke can profit from it ) He is calling this .." a growing social phenomena." Right!!! And what about suicidal people in their 20s Mr Nitschke? Like my son who was only 26 years old. You took his money and assisted him to suicide. I now have other parents who have lost their adult children to the Nitschke suicide machine contact me... and there is lots of them.
    Old Geezer
    30th May 2018
    6:15pm
    They actually did this raid at a place in Tweed Heads according to the local papers.
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:58pm
    Drug capital of the Far North Coast....
    TREBOR
    30th May 2018
    6:59pm
    Penny - that's shocking....
    Snowflake
    30th May 2018
    5:01pm
    The judiciary continually turn a blind eye to perjury in the Family law court.So why shouldn't they to people importing drugs to end their life. Far less distressing than picking up the pieces on the railway line.
    Now who was it who said 'the law is an ass."
    No right wing, religious MP will ever dictate to me what I can do with my life when I decide enough is enough. I don't want to linger in pain or have someone look after my toilet needs and have that to look forward until my body gives up naturally, which may take years. If you want to linger on, fine do so but allow others to make their own choice about how they want to leave this world, because one way or the other we are all leaving.
    By the way who has ever been prosecuted, in Australia, for assisted suicide where the motive has been proved to be for profit?
    I'd love to know what the population of our great country has done to deserve such weak, self serving, greedy politicians who make such laws and when shown to be unpopular haven't the courage to change them. ie. Gay marriage.Hardly a ripple when it was passed.
    They should be ashamed of themselves.
    Virginia
    30th May 2018
    5:26pm
    What proof !!!
    It's happening everywhere all the time

    30th May 2018
    9:20pm
    back in this country after making sure the ski runs in new-zealand and australia are ready to welcome and are safe for the upcoming season, nothing has changed much in these columns we still have tremor blowing his trumpet, however what disturbed me greatly was his use of the term geheime polizei in one of his comments, we called it the SICHERHEITS POLIZEI when we were living under the NAZI boot during world war 2, maybe this explains his admiration and passion for the national socialist movement he spoke so highly of in one of ylc's past articles, however read with great pleasure the comments of joy anne, a double for labor mick, as so-many brain dead, brainless do-do's blame to-days government for people breaking the law, would make an ideal partner for old labor micky boy, same brainless labor party lines uttered, same dumb reasoning, what a pair they would make, bad luck the Melbourne comedy festival is over, then again there is always next year!
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    31st May 2018
    6:52am
    Are you capable of intelligent comment on the subject, or only personal abuse and ridicule?
    Crazy Horse
    30th May 2018
    9:43pm
    I have watched two females I loved dearly die of old age.

    One died slowly and in considerable distress over a period of months.

    The other died quickly and painlessly whilst held by the person most dear to her.

    The first female was my much loved grandmother. She was kept alive well past her use by date by the for profit medical industry then effectively starved to death when tube feeding was discontinued.

    The second female was my constant companion for 14 years, my much loved dog. When it became obvious that she had reached the end I held her close and comforted her as a vet painlessly ended her suffering.

    If I had subjected my dog to the treatment I was forced to watch my Nanna endure I would have been rightly prosecuted for animal cruelty.

    No one is about talking about making Euthanasia compulsory but when my time comes I want the choice and the security of knowing as I age I won't spend my last days in agony. I reject absolutely that the opponents of Euthanasia have any right to tell me that I and my loved ones must suffer for as long as the medical industry can artificially prolong our lives.

    According to the polls approximately 80% of the population agree with me.

    It's time for the politicians to stop hiding from this important issue and show some leadership.

    My Life, My Choice!
    OnlyGenuineRainey
    31st May 2018
    6:51am
    Absolutely agree, Crazy Horse. It's criminal that politicians ignore public opinion on this and subject people to hideous suffering. I've watched two women I loved dearly die slowly and in agony. Four children I care about watched their mother fade away to nothing, live like a vegetable connected to tubes for months, and die a slow death. That's torture! And our politicians are to blame. It is way past time to show some respect for the public and change the law. They do not have the right to ignore our wishes. They are supposed to represent us - not rule us.
    Ronin
    31st May 2018
    9:46am
    The police and government should get out of people's personal lives, and let them make their own decisions regarding their life.
    VicCherikoff
    4th Jun 2018
    11:07am
    I have my end of life planned out with a few indigenous seeds as the way out should life become intolerable. Take responsibility and there would be no need for some pharmaceutical company to peddle and profit from euthanasia drugs nor police to waste their resources on the farce reported here.


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