Doctor Phillip Nitschke says Tweed people are buying euthanasia drugs from overseas.
Doctor Phillip Nitschke says Tweed people are buying euthanasia drugs from overseas.

Doctor Death back in Tweed

INFAMOUS euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke says Tweed people are buying drugs from overseas in order to take their own lives.

Dr Nitschke, commonly referred to as “Dr Death” for his push to legalise euthanasia, spoke at the Tweed Civic Centre earlier this week to a crowd of more than 100 people to discuss different drugs and other voluntary euthanasia methods.

Nitschke revealed several Tweed Heads residents who were in the audience at the conference had already travelled overseas and bought suicide drugs.

“These people then wanted to know if they had purchased the right drugs, even though they hoped they were never in a situation where they actually needed to use them,” Dr Nitschke told the Tweed Daily News.

SANE Australia deputy director Paul Morgan said euthanasia is an issue worthy of public debate, especially for people facing the end of their lives, but said giving people exact directions is dangerous.

“Specific means should not be given, people should be discussing pain relief and other options with their doctor and not taking things into their own hands,” Mr Morgan said.

He added people with terminal illnesses facing these decisions can be depressed at the time or they can be taken advantage of and should not be actively encouraged by being given suicide techniques.

Bill Sked, a Christian from Brunswick Heads, and a group of others held up messages from the Bible in front of Dr Nitschke’s previous conference on euthanasia in June.

Mr Sked said he wanted people to hear both sides of the argument.

“I disagree with Dr Death; as a Christian I think people should not take their own life,” Mr Sked said.

“Many times people can do things out of guilt, and take a way out they ordinarily would not because they don’t want to be a burden on their families,” he said.

Dr Nitschke has faced many setbacks in Australia, and said Communication Minister Stephen Conroy’s decision this week to filter euthanasia material on the internet is the end of voluntary euthanasia in this country.

“To say to rational adult Australians that they cannot use the telephone, cannot import printed material, cannot buy a book and now cannot visit the website they wish is just outrageous,” Dr Nitschke said.

“I really pity the elderly folk. Our seniors deserve better than this,” he said.

Nitschke said he is now seeking to take up the fight somewhere free speech and freedom of information are taken seriously.

“I feel extremely angry on behalf of the members of our organisation and all other interested folk who will find themselves barred from accessing information about their end of life choices,” he said.

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