There have been renewed calls for euthanasia to be legalised.

Long time advocate Dr Phillip Nitschke was on the Gold Coast today and says death should be a personal choice.

Olivia Rogers reports.


Dr Nitschke says he’s here to help those who have made the choice to end their life by supplying them with the information they need to access lethal drugs.

Dr Phillip Nitschke, Euthanasia Supporter: “We are running a meeting today because people are frustrated with how long it’s taking for laws to change and they are coming along to say look I can’t wait around for politicians to do their job. I want to learn how I can end my life now.”

Nembutal has become the drug of choice among elderly and sick Australians wanting to end their own lives.

Dr Phillip Nitschke, Euthanasia Supporter: “Without getting people good information the most common method used by the elderly today is by hanging that is a grim and horrible death and yet that is what will happen if we can’t get people good information.”

Australia’s facing a rapidly ageing population and with a rise in the retirement age likely more and more Australians feel their quality of life is diminishing.

Vox 1: “I had a major operation for scoliosis and the rest of the spine is now curving. I have osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and the list goes on so I don’t want to end up suffering.”

Originally Australia lead the way by legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Northern Territory in 1995 but due to political pressure the act only lasted nine months before being overturned.

Latest polls show more than 70% of Australians are in favour of introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill to seek assistance from a doctor.

Olivia Rogers, QUT News.