Last updated on: 8/14/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Kavanagh, LLB Biography

Title:
Australian Politician and Former Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
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
  • Lawyer, 1993-1994
  • Teacher, 1986-1992, 1997-2006
Education:
  • 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
Other:
  • Born in Melbourne in 1959
  • Speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian/Malay
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?