18 episodes

Andrew Denton investigates the stories, moral arguments and individuals woven into discussions about why good people are dying bad deaths in Australia - because there is no law to help them.

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Andrew Denton investigates the stories, moral arguments and individuals woven into discussions about why good people are dying bad deaths in Australia - because there is no law to help them.

    #17 Why Do I Have to Go Through Hell to Get to Heaven?

    #17 Why Do I Have to Go Through Hell to Get to Heaven?

    In this final episode, drawing on what has worked best overseas, Andrew outlines what he thinks the law for assisted dying in Australia should look like. Plus, we’ll hear from two significant stakeholders who both support a change in the law – one, a former Prime Minister, the other, the one major medical body that does officially support assisted dying.

    • 52 min
    #16 Abandon Hope

    #16 Abandon Hope

    My search for the truth about assisted dying began when I was invited to attend the HOPE anti-euthanasia convention in Adelaide, featuring speakers from around the world. I heard dire warnings about what was happening in Belgium, the Netherlands and Oregon – where laws to help people die already exist. I took careful note of their genuine concerns. Many months later – having taken off overseas to see if their warnings held true, and spoken to experts worldwide – I sat down with HOPE’s director, Paul Russell, to talk through what I’d learned.

    • 46 min
    #15 Lawrie's Story

    #15 Lawrie's Story

    Of all the arguments against assisted dying, the most heartless I’ve heard is this: 'Suicide is legal. Why do you need assistance to do something that you can do yourself?' In this episode, we’re going to meet father of two, Lawrie Daniel. At 50, and stricken with MS, what does it mean to Lawrie to be told ‘suicide is legal – what’s stopping you?’

    • 43 min
    #14 Australia's Dark Little Secret

    #14 Australia's Dark Little Secret

    The repeated call by opponents of assisted dying is that the elderly and the vulnerable must be protected from coercion. In this, they are right – and there are many safeguards built into existing laws overseas which do exactly that. But what of the elderly described in this episode by two of Australia’s coroners: rational men and women from loving families – who, faced with an irreversible and painful decline into death, are deciding to kill themselves violently instead?

    • 52 min
    #13 Now They're Killing Babies

    #13 Now They're Killing Babies

    Assisted dying has no more committed opponent than the Catholic Church. They have thrown resources, and the full weight of their political influence, against it wherever it has been proposed … which is why the words of Sydney's Archbishop Anthony Fisher – one of Australia’s most senior Catholic clerics, and a man who commands the ear of many politicians – are worth listening to.

    • 57 min
    #12 Velvet Ray

    #12 Velvet Ray

    Ray Godbold is a palliative care nurse faced with terminal cancer – but he doesn’t want to die in palliative care. There's a lot that Ray knows about death –but what he doesn’t know is that his own death will turn out to be everything he was hoping that he and his family would be spared.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

fincle ,

Thoughtful, poignant, illuminating

This series is a long form deep dive into the many perspectives on euthanasia. Denton draws his own conclusions on the topic towards the end but the series gives a lot of fair space for other points of view. It really does justice to such a complex, heart wrenching and fundamental question of human rights (what ever your perspective). After listening to the whole series I felt deeply a sense of the loss, love and tensions that lie just beneath the surface but often not aired . Denton is in a league of his own for his ability to tie together so many poignant experiences and lines of thought into such a narrative. I’m genuinely a better person for listening.

Stephen Lead ,

Amazing and so well put-together

This is an important topic and it’s handled with a supreme touch by Andrew Denton. Even though he shares his own views up-front, he manages to stay dispassionate and open-minded throughout his journey. I really hope they sort out voluntary euthanasia laws before it’s my turn to shuffle off - hopefully this podcast will be a step in the right direction.

alicejoyk ,

Interesting topic

Many people avoid the topic so I commend them just for having the guts to talk about it. Dark, but it will happen to all of us. Would like to see more topics not just doctors but all sorts of other stories.

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