Suicide on demand seems to be the real public policy goal of Australia’s most famous euthanasia activist, Dr Philip Nitschke, following his response to a triple suicide of a non-terminally ill family on the Gold Coast.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said euthanasia advocates needed to have the discussion about the “slippery slope”, which they say does not exist.

“What does Dr Nitschke mean when he says society should ‘respect’ the decision of three people who are not terminally ill to kill themselves using a deadly gas his company supplied them?

“Is this where the push to legalise euthanasia taking us?

“We know that in other countries held up as examples of good public policy by advocates like Andrew Denton, euthanasia has slipped from being available only to the terminally ill to euthanising the mentally ill and even children.”

Mr Shelton said in Amsterdam where Dr Nitschke is currently located, a woman was recently held down by family members as a doctor killed her with a lethal substance.

“It is not good enough for the euthanasia movement to dismiss concerns as merely religious or slippery slope arguments. The slope is getting slipperier and it is time we had a more sophisticated debate about the consequences of allowing doctors to kill their patients,” Mr Shelton said.