Patrick Woods

Death is not up to govt or lobbyists

IAN Rolle's wife Judy died a death that not even the couple's cattle dogs had to endure.

The dogs finished their days comforted in the arms of those who had loved them after the veterinarian had delivered medication to ease their passing.

Judy died slowly over eight years as Alzheimer's disease progressively robbed her of memory and faculty.

The last two years were tough for the couple who had shifted to the Coast from Montville for improved care.

If he could have gained access to the right medication, Ian says he would have run the risk of going to jail to have released his wife from her vegetative state.

"I wouldn't want that to happen to anyone else," he said.

Should the government control how we die?

This poll ended on 23 May 2016.

Current Results

No. It's our most fundamental right.

57%

They should help give us choice.

22%

Only enough to protect people from coercion.

15%

Yes. Life must be protected.

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

And he won't be told by others what he can and can't do if he ever faced a similar situation.

"I don't want to be told by others.That's my right. My intention is to die on the bowling green - if I'm winning."

Twelve months on from Judy's death in May last year Ian, the former publisher of the Australian advertising bible B and T magazine, still struggles with his wife's agony.

He argues that a referendum would overwhelmingly support the right to die with dignity.

However Mr Rolle is not critical of Christian lobbyists who oppose euthanasia.

"They should be allowed to do their own thing," he said. "But I don't want to be dictated to."

Mr Rolle says that under the present Criminal Code (Palliative Care) Act 2003, doctors could not administer life-ending drugs without risking imprisonment.

"This has to stop. Government must have the courage to revisit the issue," he said.

"Forget the Christian lobby. I am a Christian and have cancer and should it become terminal, I want it to be my decision to end my life and not decided by others."

Mr Rolle has called on one of the state's 89 parliamentarians to introduce a Private Member's Bill.


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