,CyDr Death' to Deliver Life-Ending Message Visit to Spark Debate; Philip Nitschke to Visit Bundaberg

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Byline: Mike Derry

HE HAS been dubbed Dr Death, but Philip Nitschke says the message on voluntary euthanasia he will bring to Bundaberg next month is still very much alive.

Dr Nitschke will hold an End of Life Choice seminar in the Civic Centre on Tuesday, February 7, from 1-2pm followed by a workshop.

The Bundaberg visit is part of a nationwide tour Dr Nitschke is doing, with only two stops in Queensland.

In 1996, Dr Nitschke became the first physician in the world to administer a legal, lethal voluntary injection under the Rights of the Terminally III Act of the Northern Territory.

He said yesterday his aim was to give people the information they needed so they could peacefully end their own lives.

C[pounds sterling]You need to be able to do it yourself because anybody who helps you could face life in prison,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It's sensible to have things in place and ready for when you need them.C[yen]

Dr Nitschke said on past experience, most of the people who would attend the seminar would be elderly, and the aim was to get them to stay on for the workshop, when he would go into the practicalities of voluntary euthanasia.

Dr Nitschke said while there was always a bit of nervousness when he held workshops, the police had never acted against him.

C[pounds sterling]The way the laws are structured, to advise and assist people to commit suicide is a crime,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I make it clear I'm not advising them to commit suicide, what I'm doing is giving people information.C[yen]

He said any idea he was pushing people to commit suicide was wrong. …