Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 40.
Millions are spent to prevent suicides of thousands of Australians every year.
Queensland could soon overturn this social support for those who feel mentally overwhelmed.
A new assisted suicide bill pours millions of dollars into doctors and nurses advising about suicide and administering poison to patients, so long as they have “mental suffering” and are told they have a year to live.
The Queensland bill extends eligibility from the six months restriction in ‘life expectancy’ in WA and Victoria to 12 months.
The bill expressly permits doctors to initiate a discussion solely about assisted suicide.
It also permits registered nurses with requisite experience and VAD certification in WA or Queensland to administer the poisonous cocktail.
The Victorian government wrongly predicted the state’s assisted suicide laws would help the euthanasia of a dozen people every year.
Two years later, 224 vulnerable Victorians have been killed by a state-provided death-enabling cocktail, and a further 259 declined to use the poison they were provided with.
New amendments to the “End-Of-Life Option Act” in California reveals what pro-euthanasia advocates are expecting just five years after introduction: a removal of what the sponsoring Senator calls “roadblocks”.
The bill, SB 380, reduces 15 days between oral requests for euthanasia to just two days, and it also compels conscientious-objecting doctors to refer patients and hampers religious care and hospital institutions from declining to assist in a suicide.
Meanwhile, palliative care spending and public awareness is languishing behind world-class standards in Victoria, Queensland and WA.
Funding and staffing for holistic palliative care for dying patients is over $100 million behind national benchmarks in all three states. Queensland has just one third of the palliative care specialists required for their population.
A recent survey by Palliative Care Australia found just 4 in 10 Australians (39 per cent) know a person can ask for palliative care when they are first diagnosed with a terminal, chronic, or degenerative illness.
“About 40,000 people a year we estimate are not accessing palliative care [when they need it]" PCA deputy chair Helen Walker told the ABC, as carers called for better education around available services.
Spending millions on euthanasia reverses the anti-suicide culture. It pushes potentially millions of Australians into a new deadly rejected category, according to The Australian’s Paul Kelly.
He observes that “Euthanasia creates two classes of social citizens – those who lives are deemed to be inviolable, and those who are deemed to be better off dead.”
Mental health presentations in the latter half of 2020 jumped 23 percent in Victoria. Ninety-four people died by state-provided poison in the same period.
Both the Victorian and Queensland governments are seeking exemptions from the Commonwealth offence of using a “carriage service” to encourage suicide. The protections to halt the suicide of any rational adult are being torn down.
Last week, Brisbane’s Courier Mail published a disturbing article by Melinda Tankard Reist of Collective Shout.
“Barely a day goes by,” she said, “that a parent doesn’t contact me to tell me of the devastation and trauma caused as a result of their child being exposed to porn:
‘My 6-year- old was shown porn by an older boy at school.’
‘My daughter was on a kids’ games site and a porn pop-up appeared.’
‘My child googled an innocent term, and it took him straight to a porn site.’
‘My son was shown porn on the school bus on the way home.’
‘My 7-year-old saw porn at the school camp.’”
My own Downie children were largely home-schooled – protected to some degree from pornography thrust under their nose by other kids.
But these days, internet-connected devices are required for all types of school subjects. Some of the horror stories Melinda mentions can happen to any child or grandchild – yours or mine.
“Some of these children now suffer insomnia, nightmares, anxiety,” Melinda went on. “In the worst cases, they are medicated due to the level of disturbance caused by exposure to violent porn.
“It surprises many parents to learn there is nothing to prevent their child being exposed to porn. No barriers – such as proof-of-age requirements – to stop them entering rape, sadism, torture porn and incest websites. All before their first kiss.
“We have allowed a never-before-seen experiment on the sexual development of our kids,” Melinda says. “And we’re now seeing the results.”
And what are those results?
Melinda relays reports from deeply worried parents and grandparents:
“My 10-year-old granddaughter was approached by a boy while waiting for the school bus and asked, ‘Do you do arse?’
“My 8-year-old found a note in her school bag which read, ‘Ready for sex?”
“An 8-year-old old boy told my 8-year-old girl he wanted to ‘f**k you hard’.”
Melinda points out that no boy is born this way – it is learned behaviour. Pornography has become the world’s biggest department of education. It’s a sex ed handbook that links sex with aggression, and the word “consent” is never mentioned.
It is child abuse on a massive scale.
So what can we do about it?
Peter Stevens, Director of FamilyVoice Victoria, is also our Coordinator for Child Internet Safety.
In 2019 he sent a detailed submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry into online gambling and pornography, urging compulsory age verification for these websites in order to protect children.
The inquiry report, Protecting the Age of Innocence, was released in February 2020. It agreed with Peter Stevens and many others, recommending mandated age verification for pornographic and other harmful websites. This would not be a “silver bullet” – but would be a big step forward.
Now more than a year has gone by. The federal government has not responded.
Peter Stevens has met with an adviser to the federal communications minister Paul Fletcher to ask what is going on.
The adviser assured him that the government’s response is complete, but the Covid pandemic has delayed its tabling in parliament.
The School Strike for Climate protests across the country indicates that education in NSW has been hi-jacked yet again by the left-leaning NSW Department of Education.
“Why are we not protesting about the quality of education, the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and children with disabilities including children from single parent households who are at risk of being left behind,” said Greg Bondar Spokesman for FamilyVoice Australia.
Australia has been ranked 39 out of 41 high and middle-income countries in achieving quality education, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
This appalling ranking hides some stark and troubling findings for children’s education in Australia and in particular NSW if we prioritise inconclusive ‘Climate Change’ rhetoric ahead of the educational well-being of our future generations.
Based on the results presented in Report Card 14, UNICEF calls for the Australian Government to take action in five key areas and FamilyVoice highlights that one of the recommendations states to ‘Leave no child behind’ and is a wake-up-call for all educators.
Members of the Australian Defence Force being told to use the term ‘partner’ instead of ‘’husband or ‘wife’ and ask colleagues “what is your pronoun” is political correctness gone mad.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) launched this week is an insult and divisive for most Australians (in fact 97%) who identify, and rightly so, as husbands (male) and wives (female).
The directive to defence force members that they should wear rainbow colours is like putting a target on your back in times of war.
Let’s acknowledge that 97% of the Australian population is indeed heterosexual (straight) and is the norm. To avoid using language such as ‘wife’ or ‘husband’ insults all families who Dads and Mums and identify as husbands and wives.
“FamilyVoice supports the former soldier Bernard Gaynor who was persecuted by the Defence Force for speaking out against political correctness in the armed services believes the Australian Defence Force does not have its priorities straight,” said Greg Bondar, spokesman for FamilyVoice Australia.
With military conflict worldwide one can only agree with exasperated former military officer Bernard Gaynor who said: “Our generals and military leaders have become an absolute joke.” Let our dedicated do their job without having to focus unnecessary LGBTIQA+ language.
“The choice of ‘pronouns’ do nothing for our military security,” added Greg Bondar.
Let’s promote words like ‘hero’ and ‘loyalty’ rather than spurious pronouns that do nothing for the dignity of the 97% mums and dads who identify as husbands and wives.