Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch get riled up about euthanasia

Derryn Hinch and Pauline Hanson have made their case on the controversial issue.
The pollies are bringing the issue to light.

Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch launched emotional arguments in favour of euthanasia, describing the relief it would have given to their families.

The senators were speaking during a debate on a private member’s bill that would cut federal interference with laws in the territories on assisted suicide, The Daily Telegraph reported.

“She weighed about 30 kilos, and looked like a Biafran refugee,” Hinch revealed of his mother’s appearance as she suffered from lung cancer 26 years ago. Hinch himself has fought liver cancer.

Hanson, meanwhile, spoke of watching the impact on her father of Parkinson’s disease, The Daily Telegraph wrote.

“We have more compassion for animals than we do for people,” Hanson said, adding that euthanasia opponents had never watched a family member lose the ability to care for themselves.

The private member’s bill would allow the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory legislative powers to bring in assisted suicide and repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 that prevents them from doing so.

The Restoring Territory Rights (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2016 was brought by Greens leader Richard Di Natale. Announcing the bill in August, Di Natale said: “”Dying with dignity is a social justice issue, it’s a human rights issue, it’s a public health issue and it should not be pushed to the political margins.”

Hinch and Hanson have been vocal in their support for euthanasia for some time.

Hanson’s One Nation party has a policy advocating euthanasia, that proposes any person of voting age be permitted to have a document written up that appoints two people as executors who could carry out that person’s wish for assisted suicide should they be unable to take action themselves.

“I and only I, will determine when my time is up and if I am not in a position to do so, then loved ones of my choosing will,” Hanson has written of the policy.

Hinch has argued in the past that the right to decide on one’s time of death was robbing older Australians of their dignity.

“Being deprived of the legal right to decide that their quality of life has deteriorated to such an extent that they want to say goodbye,” he has written of the current laws.

How do you feel about this issue?

  1. Guy Flavell  

    Where did you dredge up that 25 yo picture of Derryn Hinch ??? Current pics would
    have shown the effects of his battles with addiction over the same period. Not
    a good look for a banner headline I guess ? I do agree with both Hanson and Hinch on this important matter though.

    • Deane Tonkin  

      Andrew Denton travelled to most counties who allow volunteer euthenasia & spoke to the Press Club on the ABC also in Parliament House to all politicians & will they put it on their agenda soon, won’t hold my breath

  2. Terese Beston  

    After nursing the aged and palliative care I totally agree with euthanasia as long as one has documented it in their will, Both of my parents died in an awful way with cancer , if only we could relieve their pain and the terrible stress of their families, it is heartbreaking to watch a loved one suffer , it breaks my heart to see someone suffer and lose their dignity, God bless all the suffering .

  3. Rob clarsen  

    When are we going to realise the body is only worth about $20 worth of minerals and water.
    It’s the afterlife that is important. The one that you have implanted into every person you have come across .
    With a bit of luck you have left the world a better place because of your existence . The necessity to stretch the existence of a decrepit acing bag of bones is not high on my list. Especially if I have no quality in that life . I would love to leave that quality to the people I love . My after life.

  4. Pamela vorbach.  

    This debate has many twists and turns and i myself have had to grapple with it myself ,my only key point is the people making the decisions need to be clear on why and be united not all family members are enmotionaly ready at the same time the process of the decision can divide the family further.

    • Lin  

      The point is that it should not be the family’s decision – their being ready is not the issue.

  5. Pat Simpson  

    Again we have the politicians giving their own thoughts on a bill, not the thoughts of their constituents, whom they are supposed to be representing. However, on this occasion I heartily agree with them, we are keeping people alive for far too long and it is costing the health system huge amounts of money. We should allow people to die with dignity, not leave them lying in princess beds in nursing homes, skeletal, mouths open and having now quality of life.

  6. Tricia Roberts-Hay  

    Way to go you good
    things!!! For you ‘nay-Sayers’
    Walk a mile on my crutches 🙁

  7. Helen Paton  

    I am in total agreement with them!

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  9. Bronwyn Schulz  

    I am allowed nay encouraged to make a will of how I want my estate divided up.
    I am allowed and encouraged to make Power of Attorney provisions.
    I am allowed and encouraged to sort my Funeral arrangements.
    I believe I have the right as to when and how I die! I should be able to have a legal document, like a will, written up stating under what circumstances I no longer wish to be alive. After seeing loved ones going through exactly what they had stated categorically and numerous times, when in full health, they did not want to have happen to them or the family to experience. I firmly believe it is nothing but cruel to let people suffer and die with everything stripped away and without dignity. We don’t do it to animals, why then should we do it to humans. Quality of life is far more important than quantity.
    As for all those who throw up their arms and thinks it is wrong I say 3 things
    a) You don’t have to do it
    b) Don’t take my right to decide away
    c) Walk a mile in my shoes
    It is my life and I should decide.

  10. Lesley Sullivan  

    Totally agree. The NT Bill/Law should never have been cancelled.

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