Legendary Australian television journalist Andrew Denton has tonight spoken out strongly in support of voluntary assisted dying on The Project.
Denton has undertaken a year long period of research and travelling the world for an upcoming podcast series he plans to broadcast that will document his findings into the issue of euthanasia in Australia.
He delivered a landmark speech on the issue in Melbourne tonight at the annual Di Gribble Argument and hopes to create a national debate on people’s rights to ‘die peacefully and on their own terms’.
As reported on The Project, his year long research project was inspired by his father Kit Denton’s long and painful death, which Andrew felt was unnecessary and undignified.
Earlier today, Denton told the ABC’s Radio National his interest in the issue started 18 years ago “when I watched my own father die badly after three days of pain and I remember thinking then why was this necessary”.
He believes his own father would have viewed euthanasia as a ‘compassionate and humane thing.’