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Paul Russell
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Director at HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide
Director at HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide

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Today (15th June) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Timed to coincide with this international day, the Australian Law Reform Commission has released its final report into a long-running inquiry on Elder Abuse and the Law.

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“It is a suitable way forward for this matter to be carefully considered,” said the Premier. Suitable for whom?

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But hiding the essence of the program in saccharine sweet euphemisms and then denying any relationship at all to the actual outcome is contemptuous of the New South Wales Parliament and the good people of that state.

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Social Darwinism, Elder Abuse, Ageism - we must do better!

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The play opens with a discussion between the three siblings about placing their demented mother in a nursing home. As the dialogue develops we learn bit-by-bit about the dark past of each of the characters. The discussion soon turns to the inevitable subject: money.

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“It is a seriously flawed, inconsistent and ambiguous bill. It lacks adequate safeguards and is an expansionary version of the previously defeated 2013 bill."

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The dangerous subterfuge in the use of euphemism exposed in Interim Report in Victoria.

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Victorian MPs need to question, not whether the model presented satisfies their judgement on a set of limits, but that their vote in support of any framework will most certainly provide precursory endorsement and impetus to later extension.

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If this is about suffering, then why not all suffering - any suffering?

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The Dutch don't like international attention on their euthanasia regime.
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