The drug we know induces the best death for suffering patients is still illegal in Australia.
A Victorian legal precedent of how Nembutal can be used during palliative care provides more options for doctors to help their dying patients.
Euthanasia and palliative sedation are categorically distinct, so the notion that we can use the latter to achieve the former is untenable.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
It’s possible the difference between Australia and the Netherlands (where euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal) lies more in the way we think about what we are doing than what actually happens.