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Byline: Adam Wratten adam.wratten@capnews.com.au

CONTROVERSIAL doctor Philip Nitschke yesterday promised to set up a voluntary euthanasia chapter in Rockhampton after more than 150 people turned up for his workshop.

The large turnout surprised the experienced euthanasia campaigner who was given a strong round of applause after his hour-long public workshop at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre.

Apart from one disgruntled man who stormed out thumping his walking stick on the floor and muttering loudly "you can't kill a person like a dog", the event went off without a hitch.

There were occasional moments of laughter from attendees.

After the workshop between 50 and 60 people stayed on for a second session, which was restricted to those aged over 50 or with an illness.

Each person paid $50 to stay on.

"We were thinking about 30 people would show," Dr Nitschke said, referring to the first workshop.

"You never know what's coming when you haven't been to a town before, so it's hard to be sure what to expect.

"But a lot more than what we expected turned up."

He said the audience understood the message. …