Have your say on a merciful death
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.