Euthanasia, should it be legal?

Ethics and euthanasia

Should we have the right to decide on our own life and death? Can euthanasia ever be justified? Is there an ethical difference between killing someone and letting them die?

Euthanasia is derived from the Greek word euthanatos, which means easy death. It is against the law in Australia, and has long been at the centre of emotional debates on the religious, ethical and practical considerations.

You are invited to join the discussion, led by award-winning journalist Geraldine Doogue and key speaker Dr Bernadette Tobin, as a diverse expert panel discusses ethics and euthanasia at the University's third ACU Voice public speaker event.

Dr Tobin will be joined by Dr Philip Nitschke, euthanasia campaigner and founder of Exit International; Professor Margaret O'Conner AM, Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, Melbourne; and Father Frank Brennan AO, Professor of Law at ACU's Public Policy Institute.

Date: Wednesday 20 June  
Time: Drinks & canapés served from 5.30pm; debate from 6:15 – 8pm   
Cost: Free – please extend this invitation to friends, family and colleagues  
Where: The Australian Museum Theatrette – 6 College Street, Sydney (entry via William Street Reception)

Registrations close on Friday 15 June (email – the recording of the debate will be available for viewing on the website shortly after.

ACU Voice is a free public speaker series that examines a range of topical issues through a guest lecturer and expert panel discussion format. Held quarterly, the series is designed to encourage public debate. Past debates have included ‘The ethics of war’ and ‘Refugees: human rights and our ethical obligations’.

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