Real agenda ex­posed

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

cap­i­tal with a 100-gun salute fol­lowed by a ser­vice at Pukeahu Na­tional War Memo­rial Park. Not one of our tele­vi­sion sta­tions has seen fit to broad­cast such a mov­ing and im­por­tant event. As an ex­gun­ner, I can as­sure you a 100-gun salute alone is a huge tribute and a great sight and we should all be aware of the im­por­tance of Pukeahu. In 1865, the cap­i­tal was moved from Auck­land to Welling­ton to en­sure the whole of New Zealand was fairly rep­re­sented. It is well past the time when Welling­ton should have a ma­jor TV sta­tion based in the city to pro­vide bet­ter bal­anced re­port­ing avail­able to all New Zealand.

Graeme MacFar­lane, Rau­mati Beach Af­ter the re­cent pro­nounce­ments of Philip Nitschke, aka ‘‘Dr Death’’, no think­ing per­son can rightly claim there is any bright line be­tween euthana­sia and sui­cide.

Speak­ing to an au­di­ence in Welling­ton on Thurs­day, Nitschke re­vealed the real agenda of the dan­ger­ous euthana­sia move­ment.

Nitschke ob­jects to the fact that any con­sul­ta­tion or ap­proval by doc­tors would be nec­es­sary, even though the cri­te­ria in David Sey­mour’s bill are mostly sub­jec­tive and are ex­pressed in the broad­est terms pos­si­ble, mak­ing abuse of the leg­is­la­tion a cer­tainty.

But this is not good enough for Nitschke, who wants no con­trols at all on the pro­mo­tion and prac­tice of sui­cide. He told his lis­ten­ers not to get the idea they are in con­trol, be­cause they are not.

He op­poses what he calls the ‘‘med­i­cal model’’ in favour of the ‘‘hu­man rights model’’ – namely that ev­ery­one has the right to take their life at any time. Nitschke ad­mits there will be ca­su­al­ties but claims this has to be bal­anced with the greater sense of well-be­ing of older peo­ple hav­ing ac­cess to knowl­edge about sui­cide drugs. No men­tion of our young Ki­wis who are al­ready com­mit­ting sui­cide in record and alarm­ing num­bers. Melissa Hardy, Auck­land

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