All posts tagged: Bishop John Harrower

Uncovering the Holes in Tasmania’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, 2013

A few weeks back, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, 2013 was tabled in parliament as a Private Members Bill by Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim.  A bill that, if passed, will allow those who meet certain eligibility criteria to be prescribed and receive a lethal injection.  It will be debated early next week. Good news I bring today. A very smart woman and a very smart man released their research paper yesterday and it rips holes in this death bill, bringing well-referenced, evidence-based critique to the table. READ IT HERE AS A PDF, OR HERE. The paper (Voluntary Euthanasia and ‘Assisted Dying’ in Tasmania: A Response to Giddings and McKim, 2013) is authored by Hannah Graham and Jeremy Prichard: Hannah Graham is an Associate Lecturer in the Sociology and Criminology Program in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, and a research assistant in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Criminology and Corrections, and is currently completing her …

Drowning the Evil of Child Sexual Abuse

Can I brag about my son? He’s a little legend. Parrot. Clown. Contortionist. Daredevil. Invariably his audience is in giggles at his antics. Nineteen months is such a wonderful age. He has more energy than I know what to do with – if I could plug him in somewhere he’d more than solve Tassie’s electricity woes. But at the end of the day, when his battery is fizzling out and we lay him in his bed, I have the chance to look into those blue dinner-plate eyes. I see his chubby fingers curled around his favourite “blanky”, his cheeks flushed with sleepiness, his teeth neat like dominoes behind his ready smile. “Aaah-men,” he says at the end of our goodnight prayer, followed by “Wuv-yoo”. I can’t tell you what that little utterance means to me, and what feelings of love and joy and protectiveness well up when I am reminded of his vulnerability. It’s for the same reason that I join many others in expressing relief at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement last week of a royal commission into …