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Essential: voters happy with government’s Ebola response

Voters back the government’s unwillingness to send personnel to respond to Ebola in west Africa, but aren’t happy about the economy and the Coalition’s recent momentum has faded.

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Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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Rundle: you can’t fight in the war room, or why FODI is a stupid idea

Genuinely dangerous ideas are ones you wouldn’t want to circulate. So the Festival of Dangerous Ideas promotes not-so-dangerous ideas, which defeats the purpose and shows how bogus the idea of danger really is.

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A hard case of harmful speech: should we ban anti-vaccination talk?

There are better examples of speech that causes harm than the ones we’re debating in relation to the Racial Discrimination Act. What about the anti-vaxxers?

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Philip Nitschke: no good deed goes unpunished as hospital turns on me

Exit International director Dr Philip Nitschke gave a guest lecture at a hospital as a favour. Now the head of the department at the hospital is trying to get his medical licence revoked.

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Philip Nitschke: my airport detention, for reasons unexplained

Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke was detained and searched at Melbourne Airport yesterday and not told why. He writes for Crikey about the campaign against him.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: vale EJ Howard … 2013 or 1913? … Bernardi busted …

Columnists give thanks for Cory Bernardi — at least he can always be counted upon to say something offensive.

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Why Adelaide is my euthanasia clinic HQ (despite Bernardi)

The euthanasia campaigner explains why he’s just set up the Exit International HQ in Adelaide — despite opposition from Cory Bernardi’s wife, a local councillor.

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Essential: voters wary of Commission of Audit’s options — except one

Voters are not disposed to like many of the options the new Commission of Audit is likely to consider — they’re wary of privatisations and cutting welfare. But there is one area the public would like to see major reform.

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Philip Nitschke: where to next for euthanasia advocates

Tasmania’s lower house has defeated a measure that would allow voluntary euthanasia, but Exit International director Dr Philip Nitschke says the very sick are finding their own ways to die, regardless of the law.

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The trans-Tasman cat fight: why Fluffy has to go

Wandering cats are a menace to native birds and wildlife, but the cat “right to life” lobby is preventing them being euthanased. Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons of NZ’s Morgan Foundation want a cat crackdown.

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Fight over Clem Jones bequest splits right-to-die movement

A bitter legal feud is threatening to engulf the Australian right-to-die movement after its national peak body was accused of squandering the legacy of Labor legend and former mayor Clem Jones.

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Who will first have the right to die? The fraught euthanasia landscape

With the tragic case of SA mother Joanne Dunn and her comatose son in the news, Sarah Duggan examines the legal landscape on euthanasia and finds Tasmania may be the closest to legalising the practice.

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The facile theatre of question time

It is not the intention of the Australian government to bring to the parliament any legislation dealing with voluntary euthanasia. Of course, in the parliament, parliamentarians as individuals have their rights, and if someone wanted to bring such a proposition as a private member’s bill, that is possible, but the Australian government has no intention […]

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OurSay: euthanasia — and get rid of Dixers, Bandt says

Greens MP Adam Bandt will ask a parliamentary question on euthanasia next week, the outcome of the Our Say People’s Question project.

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Our Say bid to return euthanasia to the political agenda

This week’s OurSay question explores the biggest gap between elected officials and community views: euthanasia.

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India’s dispassionate judgement on compassionate killing

As debate on euthenasia laws returns to the Australian agenda, India’s highest court this week has allowed for passive euthanasia-withdrawal of life support. It’s a telling judgement.

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Euthanasia and the fine line walked by nurses

When you are about to pick up the phone to call an ambulance for a palliative, ill or dying family member: strongly consider whether you are making the right decision as you may just be prolonging their death, not giving them life, writes a nurse from a Sydney hospital.

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Free TV bans second pro-euthanasia ad in a month

Commercials Advice, the watchdog set up by Free TV Australia to classify and approve television commercials, has banned another pro-euthanasia commercial for promoting suicide. The decision comes just weeks after the body refused classification for a controversial ad produced by right to die lobby group Exit International.

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Afghanistan and the moral nuances of combat

Crikey readers have their say.

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The complex issue of euthanasia

Crikey readers have their say.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Euthanasia: peering through the grey

Niki Savva tells the story of her younger sister who was born with a terminal illness. If legal euthanasia had been an option, would doctors have encouraged her to die when it seemed unlikely she would live another day?

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Rundle on the politics of euthanasia: Part 2

De-criminalised suicide? Sure. A state-managed and authorised process whereby euthanasia is administered to those asking for it? That’s a category we should avoid.

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It’s not easy being soylent green: the politics of euthanasia

You would be hard-pressed to find a more interesting piece of legislation than Bob Brown’s euthanasia bill. Despite popular public support the debate straddles the left-right divide and stirs great political opposition. This is part one of Guy Rundle’s essay on the right to die.

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Kelly: The unethical and dangerous problem of euthanasia

Will the Gillard government become the first government in Australia to authorise legalised killing? They shouldn’t be pummelled into doing something by the Greens that much of the Western world disagrees with, writes Paul Kelly.

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