‘Australia’ Category Archives

11
Aug

EUTHANASIA: does it achieve what its proponents claim for it?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Suffering, Truth

The Victorian government plans to legalise intentional killing or assisted suicide of people with intolerable symptoms expected to die within 12 months….
The 12 months life-expectancy criterion will mean a premature death based on somebody’s guesstimate.
A similar law in the US state of Oregon — described by the government as an example of safeguards working — is not working very well.
For example, Oregon victims often do not, in practice, have intolerable pain.
In 2016, nearly half (48%) of those whose death resulted from taking prescribed lethal medication gave “being a burden” on family and carers as a motive for requesting death.
We don’t really want that here.
At least we shouldn’t want it.
(http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearc
h/DeathwithDignityAct/Documents/year19.pdf)

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7
Aug

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CREDIBILITY SELF-DESTRUCTS: ideology trumps facts in AMA statement on same-sex “marriage”.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Science

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a 2017 “position statement” claiming, amongst other things, that:
(1) “LGTBIQ-identifying individuals” having the highest rates of suicidality of any population group is “a consequence of discrimination and stigmatization…rather than a symptom of the orientation itself.”
(2) There is research highlighting that health and psychosocial outcomes for children raised in same-sex parented families are “on a par with, and in some aspects comparatively better than, children raised in heterosexual parented families.”
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Conservatives probably don’t want to hide.
What they might like is to get some media space to demonstrate that:
Claim (1) relies on one only piece of 14-year old research which is based on statistically-unsound methodology and ignores other more recent research suggesting the opposite.
Claim (2) likewise is based on selective samples of research while ignoring other peer-reviewed research evidence whci shows that “the longer social scientists study the question, the more evidence of harm is found….”
An 18-page “Medical Critique” of the AMA Position Statement prepared by a groupf doctors headed by Dr Chris Middleton, former AMA State President, can be accessed on the internet.
https://critiqueama.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/medical-critique-of-the-ama-position-statement-on-marriage-equality.pdf

21
Jul

“ASSISTED DYING” TO BE LEGAL IN VICTORIA? thinking about the un-thinkable.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, crime, Death, Ethics, Prayer

The Victorian government plans legalising “assisted dying” for the terminally ill who request it.
They call the new laws “conservative” because they include 68 “safeguards” to prevent abuses.
Such arguments have emotional appeal but are not based on reason.
The traditional Christian teaching should be our guide:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted….
“The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable….”
(Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 2277-2279)
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

18
Jul

MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTION ROOMS: a spectre that still stalks.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Health

The mother of a man dead in the street from drug-overdose has condemned the Victorian government for not providing “medically-supervised injecting rooms”.
While trying to sympathise with the lady’s grief, let’s keep clearly in mind why she is wrong.
For injecting rooms to function, the police must turn a blind eye to illegal-drug dealing.
Which means abandoning the rule of law — a big decision and an irresponsible one.
If we don’t arrest and punish drug-dealers, they’ll continue enriching themselves at the expense of others’ self-destruction.
We must aim at nothing less than getting users completely clean and staying that way — otherwise we let them down.

13
Jul

AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY AND THE CHURCHES: not on each others’ Christmas card list?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Modern Church, Money

The Australian Sex Party is calling for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
An article headed: “Time to end unfair privilege of religion at tipping point” is currently on its website and has appeared in various newspapers.
Millions of dollars would be saved, they say – dollars spendable on government-run hospitals, schools, welfare etc.
But by knocking out volunteer-supported agencies, won’t we end up needing squillions more bureaucrats?
Anyway, it’s a thought-provoking proposal.
The article makes another suggestion: “It’s time to take religion out of politics….”
Yes, why not stop religious people expressing opinions?
Isn’t real politics about opportunity-grabbing, back-stabbing, power-mongering, poll-watching and looking after one’s mates?
Who wants to hear about God, virtue and absolute values?
All that is, for some at least, an unwelcome intrusion.

6
Jul

THE THOUGHTS OF BERNARD TOMIC: are they words of wisdom, after all?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, sport

Bernard Tomic may sometimes be annoying, but let’s listen again to his words.
They remind us that professional sport is intrinsically evil.
Not the worst evil in the world, perhaps — but evil nonetheless.
Evil in at least two ways:
(1) It creates rich parasites. They mightn’t mean to be parasites but don’t they take big money out of the system while doing nothing to help feed, educate, house or in any other way enhance anybody’s real life?
“No need to ever work”, as Mr Tomic said.
(2) “Get fit by physical training for the next 4 months,” recommends John Newcombe.
That’s a beauty, Newk.
Focus on your body. Sell your soul….
Once upon a time, Ron Clarke tripped and fell during the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Athletic Championships.
Fellow runner, John Landy, stopped and doubled back to check that Clarke was OK.
Clarke got up and they both started running again.
Too late….
But Landy’s attitude has won a place in the admiration of all Australians.
That was a different century — and a different world.
It wasn’t a perfect world then.
But it’s worse today, isn’t it?