Australian Conservatives spokesman Lyle Shelton says that "having previously said euthanasia would only be for the terminally ill who were in intractable pain, activists need to come clean with the Australian population."
The suicide in Switzerland overnight of the healthy 104-year-old Perth man David Goodall raised questions about the euthanasia movement’s political end game.
"Is it about relieving intractable pain for the terminally ill or is it about doctor-assisted suicide for all?"
"Because modern palliative care generally sees patient requests to die dry up, perhaps the movement is using Mr Goodall’s case to advance a more sinister agenda around normalising suicide."
Mr Shelton called on celebrity euthanasia campaigner Andrew Denton, who is pressuring Western Australian and Queensland Governments to allow doctors to kill, to explain whether not he supports Mr Goodall’s suicide and if so at what age would he draw the line in Australian legislation.
"Like so many ‘progressive’ social causes, we are told there are no unintended consequences and that there is no slippery slope."
"Dr Philip Nitschke, who welcomed Mr Goodall at the Swiss dying facility last night, believes suicide should be available to the troubled teen. Does Mr Denton stand with Dr Nitschke?"
Mr Shelton urged conservative politicians to advocate publicly for palliative care and for the dignity of human life.
"If politicians in favour of change are the only ones speaking, it is no wonder the public become confused."
Anyone traumatised or experiencing thoughts about suicide is encouraged to contact:
• Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
• Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
• Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
• MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au