The reality is that euthanasia is never simply about the 'only'; it is ever about 'only and...' or 'not only but also...'.
The report found that of the cases it examined, 21 failed to meet the legal restrictions.
Abuse of elders cannot be separated from disability abuse simply because the frail aged have acquired age-related disabilities just as those with a degenerative illness accumulate disabilities as their illness progresses.
The 'Oregon Model' does not work well; it does not protect people.
"If you want to make laws that affect disabled people, make laws to help us live - to help us be contributing and productive citizens of this country who can live on the same basis as other Australians."
Exceptions will erode the protection of the law, replacing it with the arbitrary decisions of individual doctors who, in effect, will become the law.
New bill is a recipe for elder abuse