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Strong support for Dr Nitschke

WHEN voluntary euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke steps on to the stage of the Cavanbah Centre at 1pm today, he can expect a receptive audience.

Our street poll on the subject yesterday confirmed most people conditionally supported the controversial issue.

“It is a changing field and there is a lot of new information available,” Dr Nitschke said.

With his banned book The Peaceful Pill now available only online, the director of Exit (Australia) said they had to make changes every few weeks, as overseas agencies closed down sources of the barbiturate Nembutal, currently the preferred drug, which is not approved for human use here.

“I will be devoting quite a bit of time to the test kit we have developed, because when people get this drug they stop worrying,” he said.

The test kit allows them to establish the quality of the drug which is sourced from overseas. He said there was increasing evidence of people openly and publically making statements in support, although politicians 'tend to run for cover on this issue'.

Dr Nitschke said the high-profile case of 71-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer Graeme Wylie 'would have been a whole lot different if Graeme had got his act together and obtained his own drug.'

He said others could benefit from the case, avoiding the risk of a decade in prison for helping someone to commit suicide.

Mr Wylie died in Sydney last year assisted by his partner, leading to the conviction of two women.



Coffs Coast place names rude enough to make you blush

WHAT'S THAT? The Coffs Coast is home to a number of rudely named places.

Coffs Coast put on the map for having some of the rudest names

Best in the orchid business set to bloom

BEST IN SHOW: Last year's Grand Champion Orchid winner Neil Campbell is awarded the trophy by bcu Woolgoolga and Northside branch manager, Karen Mills.

Woolgoolga District Orchid Society Annual Spring Show is back

Backpacker tax to be slashed by almost half

CUT BACK: The Backpacker tax has been reduced by almost half of the originally proposed 32.5% rate.

The controversial tax has been cut but by nearly half

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Testament's new album is a concept album

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Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

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Coffs region is hot property

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Units and houses are both pulling strong returns for Coffs

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Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

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SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

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