Exit International Director, Mr Tom Curran, will be holding a free, public meeting on voluntary euthanasia and the law at the Batemans Bay Community Centre on from 1pm – 2pm.
The meeting will examine the ongoing push for voluntary euthanasia legislation in Australia and compare this to the progress being made in other countries around the world including, Canada, the US and Ireland.
The public meeting will be followed by a private meeting for Exit members at the same venue.
Tom Curran and his partner Marie Fleming became the public face of Right to Die Ireland in 2013 after Marie, who was suffering from MS, argued that she had a constitutional right to an assisted suicide because her MS made her too disabled to be able to act alone.
While Ireland’s Supreme and High Courts disagreed, Marie was described by Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, as an ‘extraordinary woman … of impeccable courage and dignity’.
The legal action put voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide on the political map of the country.
Since Marie’s death from MS in December 2013, Tom Curran has been working with legislators in Europe in the area of voluntary euthanasia law reform.
As a result of Tom’s 25 years of caring for his partner Marie, Tom Curran has also become a passionate advocate for the legalisation of medical marijuana.
A recipient of Carer of the Year Award in Ireland, Tom Curran has represented the right to die movement in eleven countries across three continents.
With Marie, he has been the subject of two television feature documentaries.
He is the European Coordinator of Exit International.
Marie Fleming’s life story is published in a book, titled An Act of Love.
In Australia, Exit International is well known because of controversial founder Dr Philip Nitschke.
In 1996, Dr Nitschke became the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, lethal voluntary injection.
Four of his terminally ill patients used this law to end their suffering before it was overturned in March 1997 by the Australian Parliament.
His medical registration was suspended by the Australian Medical Board in July 2014