Whilst I am in way advocating either support or opposition for euthanasia, is the governments ban on free speech a portend for the future?
Euthanasia info ban could force Nitschke offshore
Philip Nitschke says his voluntary euthanasia organisation may have to operate offshore, or be forced underground, when federal legislation is introduced next year.
From January 7 next year, it will be illegal to discuss end-of-life choices, directly or indirectly, via electronic communication.
Dr Nitschke says it has been 10 years since the Territory introduced the world's first euthanasia laws but now no state nor territory wants to argue with Federal Government legislation.
He says the pro-voluntary euthanasia group Exit Australia may have to move operations to New Zealand.
"These pieces of legislation always have the effect of driving people underground," he said.
"People want to know what their choices are; they go to great lengths to find out.
"And trying to impose these sorts or restrictions really does nothing more than force things underground."