In the first episode of Better Off Dead, writer and broadcaster Andrew Denton explains that since the painful and protracted death of his father Kit, he's been asking why good people are being forced to die bad deaths in Australia because we have no law for assisted dying.
Andrew begins his quest for answers by speaking with his late father's doctor. He also speaks with Margaretta Pos, a Tasmanian journalist whose 2013 article in the Monthly about her own father's peaceful, planned death in the Netherlands sparked Andrew's curiosity about voluntary assisted dying.
In search of more information about the potential risks and complications of voluntary euthanasia, Andrew attends the HOPE Symposium in Adelaide, where anti-euthanasia advocates from around the world are gathering to discuss campaigning strategies. What he hears at the conference leaves him shaken – and with many more questions.
Listen to the episode here. What are your questions? Thoughts on this episode and the ideas discussed?
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