Australian Politician and Former Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Legalizing euthanasia would have a wide range of profoundly detrimental effects. It would diminish the protection offered to the lives of all. It would allow the killing of people who do not genuinely volunteer to be killed, and any safeguards, although initially observed, would inevitably weaken over time.
There would be other long-term consequences of legalizing euthanasia that we cannot yet envisage. We can be sure that these consequences would be pernicious, however, because they would emanate from an initiative which, while nobly motivated, is wrong in principle - attempting to deal with the problems of human beings by killing them."
Peter Kavanagh, "Opinion: Why We Should Not Legalize Euthanasia," News Weekly, www.newsweekly.com.au, Nov. 13, 2010
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Committee Member, Select Committee on Finance and Public Administration, April 2008-Nov. 26, 2010
Committee Member, Select Committee on Public Land Development 2007-September 2008
Committee Member, Select Committee on Gaming Licensing, 2007-May 2008
Member, Legislative Council Upper House, State Parliament of Victoria, Nov. 25, 2006-Nov. 26, 2010
Member, Democratic Labour Party
Lecturer, Law, 1994-1996
Teacher, 1986-1992, 1997-2006
MA, Asian Studies, University of Melbourne, 1997
Post graduate Diploma, Asian Studies, University of Melbourne, 1994
BLitt, University of Melbourne, 1987
Dip Ed, Mitchell College of Advanced Education, 1986
LLB, University of Melbourne, 1983
BA & LLB, University of Melbourne, 1983
HSC (Higher School Certificate), St Joseph's College, 1976