The letter of Graham Burmeister and opinion piece of Shayne Higson in The Daily Advertiser on November 18 seem to me to accurately reflect the differing logic of people on either side of the voluntary assisted dying debate.
Graham's letter contains no real reasoning against voluntary assisted dying other than his personal belief that human life is sacred.
The remainder of his letter somehow trying to compare it to abortion, Nazi war crimes and lives lost in a flood is hardly likely to sway any supporters against the legislation.
By contrast Shayne's article contains facts and experiences that are properly related to the issue.
These pieces illustrate what the vote when taken in Parliament will really be decided by, either blind adherence to a single aspect of religious indoctrination or granting dying persons the freedom of choice to apply for a means of a merciful death.
The outcome will say a lot about our society and our political representatives.
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I refer to my letter regarding global warming ("Benefits of global warming", The Daily Advertiser, October 26).
As I said in my letter, the end of last month and together with this month is the coldest that I have ever experienced over a long lifespan.
I firmly believe that for every climate change alarmist, there are just as many, or even more, who believe the opposite.
But at least these so-called alarmists have shown by their actions just how dedicated and bright they are. They think nothing of gluing themselves to the roadways and disrupting traffic, hanging from bridges and buildings, and the list goes on.
If we allow these types of people to do our thinking for us and determine where our future lies then I guess that we are all in for a very rough ride.
My views are supported by the following:
According to Weatherzone's senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke, Melbourne has endured its coldest four-day stint for this late in November in 167 years of weather records, while Canberra is also experiencing an exceptionally cold spell.
Temperatures in Melbourne have stayed below 15.5C for the past four days - from Friday to Monday - averaging a maximum of just 14.4C. The four-day stint is the coldest period this late in the year ever recorded.
Canberra is also having its coldest spell this late in the year in 99 years of records, according to Weatherzone.
Meanwhile, snow is falling in Australia's alps just two weeks before summer!
And we must not forget that Alan Simon Finkel, AO, who was the Australian government's chief scientist from 2016 to 2020, is on record as saying that no matter what Australia does in relation to greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, it will not make a scrap of difference to climate change/global warming.
So, there you have it. Forget about what the doomsayers are predicting and take note of only what is actually happening weather-wise and let your opinions be guided by the factual data. I rest my case.
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