THE euthanasia debate has been well entrenched in both national and international media for decades now. Exit International and Philip Nitzchke have been in the Australian media regularly, the Northern Territory legalised euthanasia for a period, there have been countless articles in various medical and scientific journals and newspapers exposing the pros and cons of this debate.

There are also other countries such as Switzerland that provide a precedent for such a proposal. Nick McKim’s bill is not full blown unconditional euthanasia and only proposes voluntary euthanasia in cases where analgesia is no longer possible.

How can our politicians not be aware of the issues and implications surrounding matters like voluntary euthanasia? Ruth Forrest’s request for yet another inquiry on this issue is more of an admission of her own lack of understanding than anything else.