LET­TER­STOED­I­TOR

Have your say on a mer­ci­ful death

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - TRAF­FIC STOP­PER:

CON­VER­SA­TIONS I have had with friends about death usu­ally don’t delve any deeper than what songs we would like played at our fu­neral.

The po­ten­tial for dif­fi­cult last days or weeks doesn’t usu­ally get a men­tion.

The Vic­to­rian par­lia­ment will soon vote on whether to adopt leg­is­la­tion that will per­mit vol­un­tary as­sisted dy­ing.

It’s a vote that will fol­low ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sys­tems that have been set up in other coun­tries.

If the 66 rec­om­men­da­tions of the fi­nal re­port are adopted we will be for­tu­nate to have per­haps the most strin­gent as­sisted dy­ing le­gal frame­work any­where in the world.

It in­cludes many safe­guards and it also gives health pro­fes­sion­als who ob­ject to the con­cept of an as­sisted death the right to not par­tic­i­pate.

One of the most sober­ing state­ments I came across when read­ing the re­port is “Not all pain and suf­fer­ing can be al­le­vi­ated”.

This bru­tal fact is I be­lieve a good rea­son to have some of those dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with our loved ones now.

An­other con­ver­sa­tion I urge read­ers to have is with our state rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Tim McCurdy, who will be rep­re­sent­ing this elec­torate when he votes on this leg­is­la­tion.

Please don’t as­sume that be­cause this leg­is­la­tion has been metic­u­lously crafted, re­flects the ma­jor­ity view and will help to re­lieve the acute suf­fer­ing of the ter­mi­nally ill, that it will be passed.

If we want the op­tion of a mer­ci­ful death to be there for our loved ones the time to say you sup­port this new leg­is­la­tion is to­day.

Cas­san­dra Pol­lock, Wangaratta

A pa­rade of pro­mo­tional Carl­ton Draught Cly­des­dales trot­ted along Wangaratta’s Rowan Street dur­ing peak hour on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon as part of the brand’s lat­est mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tive. Carl­ton Cly­des­dale team man­ager Glen Pate said the horses piqued the cu­rios­ity of lo­cals, who “couldn’t be­lieve how gen­tle they are for such big an­i­mals”. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

DENNISHOLLOWAY, CHESHUNT Yes def­i­nitely. Some­one this morn­ing took out a dis­play in the front of a shop.

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