Mr. Packer is dead.
I was working in an allied health role in the Northern Territory for the nine months that Australians had a Rights Of the Terminally Ill Act (ROTI), commonly called “The Euthanasia Bill”. The ROTI Act was overturned by the federal government in March 1997. Effectively the right to test if you qualified for the strict criteria to access ROTI and potentially die at the time of your choosing (as opposed to suicide), was taken away from an individual and their medical carers- and returned to god and palliative care.
But not if you are rich. If you are rich, I am sure it is possible to have your carefully chosen doctors organise morphine and have your death with your family around you in your home.
“This is my time.” – said Mr. Packer.
In this country, money can buy you a way around god and Justice Minister Senator Ellison deciding your quality of life.
It can buy you a good death.
We all deserve that.
Morpheus and Iris, 1811. Guerin, Pierre Narcisse from here