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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.



Thousands of cars issued recall after defect found

CAR RECALL: The Mazda2 (DE) was one of three Mazda models recalled with the same issue.

Three popular Mazda models recalled after defect found

Optus' $4 million plan to end blackspots in Coffs

Optus and Telstra are giving assurances 3G and 4G coverage will improve on the Coffs Coast.

Irritating drops in coverage may finally be a thing of the past.

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

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Weekly markets in Coffs: good or bad?

The frequency of markets that take place in the area was a hot topic on social media this week, with the suggestion the stalls are hurting local business.


Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Jackass crew eye off the Big Banana

WILD SHOW: The Jackass crew  a promise a wild Coffs Harbour show.

Iconic Coffs landmark grabs Jackass crew's attention

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

MACKAY will play host to one of the world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John later this year.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

Growth in property prices

MARKET ANALYSIS: Capital growth has increased for property owners over the past two years.

What this means to us locals

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

What would make renting better?

HAVE YOUR SAY: What would make renting better?

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

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