Dr Nitschke Will Attempt Coffs Euthanasia Seminar in December

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EUTHANASIA campaigner and founder of Exit International Dr Philip Nitschke was forced to cancel his Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast seminars due to illness.

He attracted hundreds of people to his Melbourne, Bendigo, Wollongong and Gosford seminars earlier this month and was due to present in Coffs Harbour yesterday but was bedridden with the flu.

Dr Nitschke said the Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast public meetings would be rescheduled for December while it's hoped his Townsville and Sydney dates will go ahead as planned.

He said the tour talks, entitled Safe Exit Seminars, are in response to frequently asked questions.

C[pounds sterling]There is a focus on end-of-life drugs, given that people often take risks and break the law to obtain these drugs,C[yen] Dr Nitschke said.

C[pounds sterling]The other issue is how Alzheimer's and dementia affect end-of-life choices, where questions of capacity in making decisions and the risk of loved ones being accused of murder arise.C[yen]

Dr Nitschke questions how suicide is not considered a crime yet anyone who assists receives savage penalties. …