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Pages tagged "Jeff Kennett"
Nitschke suspension should prompt us to investigate euthanasia claims
· July 24, 2014 10:00 AM
News has broken today that the Medical Board of Australia has
suspended the registration of euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke
Yet again, he has been associated with the suicide of non-terminally ill people.
Other investigations and processes are continuing and Dr Nitschke may well be reinstated.
But for the time being “in the interests of public safety and managing risks to patients”, he is suspended.
Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett and chairman of Beyond Blue
welcomed the suspension but nonetheless supports euthanasia
Mr Kennett thinks a “properly defined” legislative process could be put in place to facilitate euthanasia for the terminally ill.
The Northern Territory Senator Nova Peris expressed similar thoughts this week.
There have been umpteen parliamentary inquiries in recent years into euthanasia, mainly inspired by the Greens who rate achieving euthanasia legislation as one of their top priorities.
They have yet another bill in the Australian Senate right now.
Like former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, state parliamentarians grappling with euthanasia have never been able to find a way to make the practice safe from abuse of the vulnerable.
They have also not been convinced that modern palliative care cannot address most of the concerns of the terminally ill.
Hence, euthanasia legislation continues to be rejected when put under rigorous parliamentary scrutiny.
When asked by the ABC what my message to Senator Peris would be,
I suggested she take a look at the reasons
why State parliamentary inquiries continue to reject it (I didn’t ‘hit out’ as the headline breathtakingly says and wish Senator Peris no malice).
Dr Nitschke appears regularly at these inquiries and at the 2009 Tasmanian inquiry admitted he broke the law when euthanasia was briefly legal in the Northern Territory in the mid 1990s.
I spoke about this and other dangers of euthanasia during a
debate with Dr Nitschke at the University of New South Wales in 2011
As we contemplate Dr Nitschke’s suspension, people might be interested in reading my talk which was given in his presence.
He was none too pleased when he spoke after me but refuted none of it.
ACL declines Kennett offer to replace PM at conference
· September 08, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Saturday, September 8, 2012
The ACL has politely declined Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett’s offer to replace the Prime Minister at its National Conference.
Mr Wallace said Mr Kennett had also been the victim of aggressive gay activist bullying after he wrote a column in the Herald Sun saying: “
there is no substitute for parents of both genders
“Unlike Mr Kennett, who
funding was threatened
, ACL stands by its principles that kids should wherever possible have the opportunity to be raised by their biological mother and father,” Mr Wallace said.
“I’m not sure what purpose would be served in having Jeff Kennett speak. This is a man who compromised his principles in the face of the aggressive gay activist campaign against him,” Mr Wallace said.
“At ACL truth is not something to be compromised for political or financial favour.”
ACL's MD Jim Wallace writes on ABC's The Drum - Extreme intolerance of gay activists
· May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Jim Wallace had an opinion piece published in The ABC's Drum today titled "
Extreme intolerance of gay activists
Below is a copy of the opinion piece.
The purging of Professor Kuruvilla George this week from the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission is further proof of the extreme intolerance of homosexual activists.
Apparently anyone holding the view that marriage is between a man and a woman is not fit for public service and must be expunged.
Even former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, who was last year pilloried by activists when he supported the idea of a child having a mother and father wherever possible, has now rolled over and publicly supported redefining marriage. At the time, the activists called for Kennett’s scalp as head of Beyond Blue and targeted its funding, always a good stick to use on not for profits and one previously used to neutralise the Online Opinion website.
Of course there were also calls for tennis icon Margaret Court to have her name removed from the arena named in her honour at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre because of her views in support of man-woman marriage. Happily she is a champion and made of the stuff of champions.
So when Professor George, Victoria’s deputy chief psychiatrist and a member of the EOC, was found to have supported a view out of step with the gay orthodoxy, the activists went into overdrive until he was forced to resign.
His crime was to join 150 other medical practitioners in a submission to a Greens-inspired Senate Inquiry that stated among other things, that children do best with their biological mother and father.
This statement of commonsense of course does not deny that same-sex couples can love a child and parent competently.
But it did affirm that where Governments have a responsibility to children, they should act in a child’s best interests which is to ensure that wherever possible a child is not denied in a premeditated way either or both of its biological parents.
Unfortunately same-sex marriage and the right to same-sex family formation that flows from this allows two men to exclude a child’s birth mother from the life of the child. Conversely, lesbian parenting deliberately cuts off the father from the child, and in some states the father is not even allowed to be listed on the birth certificate.
Clearly there is a clash of rights between adults and children who have no say in their being deliberately cut off from their genetic heritage, something law-makers need to ponder as they consider the three bills before the federal parliament which aim to create non-biological marriage.
What is disturbing though is the activists’ use of research to support the proposition that there is no difference between same-sex parenting and biological parenting.
The head of a cluster of predominantly gay activist academics, Dr Damien Riggs of Flinders University, was quick out of the blocks to condemn Professor George and the 150 doctors for their ‘unscientific’ view that kids do better with their natural parents.
In 2007, Riggs and his team of five authors which included four gay activists, produced a literature review for the Australian Psychological Society, which surprise, surprise, said kids are just as well off without their biological parents.
But when interviewed on SBS radio this week, Dr Riggs admitted that the studies he reviewed only examined lesbian parenting. Surely this so called research has excluded half the demographic to be compared with heterosexual parenting, important when in some states even a single man can get a child through surrogacy.
But Dr Riggs didn’t disclose that the phenomenon of visible homosexual families is a recent construct for which there has simply not been the time to gather reliable data.
In condemning Professor George, Dr Riggs did not engage the substance of the medical practitioners’ submission to the Senate which raised concerns that same-sex relationships are well proven to be inherently and markedly less stable than heterosexual ones.
At least three academic reviews have questioned the validity of many of the studies which Dr Riggs relies upon.
Quantitative analysis experts Robert Lerner and Althea Nagai reviewed 49 studies supporting same-sex parenting, many of which were used byDr Riggs, and found that all 49 contained serious methodological flaws
There is enough doubt about the rigour of Dr Rigg’s work to call into question his dogmatic statements that same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting will have no adverse impacts on children. It is clearly no basis for federal politicians to change the Marriage Act – a decision which will have big consequences for children deliberately excluded from one of their biological parents for life.
Professor George should be invited back to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and claims by homosexual activists of equal parenting outcomes should be subjected to much more rigour before politicians legislate to create another stolen generation.
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