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This is why we need dying with dignity reform

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 30 Jul 2014

Cancer sufferer and voluntary euthanasia campaigner, Max Bromson has taken his own life this week. According to reports his family and friends have had their phones and laptops confiscated while there is an investigation into whether they assisted in his suicide.

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the legal limbo confronting Max’s family is a good example of why we need national dying with dignity laws.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Max Bromson,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Having spent time with Max last month, I know that he wanted to go at a time of his own choosing and I am pleased that he was in a position to make that choice. But I am very saddened to learn that his family may be caught up in a criminal investigation.

“A family is grieving for a lost loved one. Confiscating their belongings and placing them in legal limbo only adds to their pain and it serves no one.

“Max wanted to die with his family around him, and his family wanted to be there. The fact that being with him has put them at risk of jail shows precisely why the law needs to change.

“I have a bill for national dying with dignity laws before a Senate inquiry and I sincerely hope that my colleagues in the other parties will get behind it. Reform is long overdue.”

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