FOR RELEASE: January 27th, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is calling for Hobart’s new museum to remove its suicide machine.

ACL Tasmania Director Mark Brown said euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke’s device at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is appalling and encourages people to commit suicide.

“Allowing people to see how they could commit suicide by using this machine is promoting suicide as a solution to a person’s problems,” he said.

“If a person is in a fragile emotional state, what they need is professional help – not ideas on how to kill themselves.

“We’re also concerned this exhibition piece is accessible to children who are very impressionable. It’s also highly insensitive to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.”

Mr Brown said the exhibition piece shows Dr Nitschke’s deeper ideological views that suicide is a good idea.

“It’s concerning that people want to encourage suicide. Suicide has only brought harm to our society - causing emotional pain to loved ones.”