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More than 50 people died under Victoria's euthanasia scheme during its first six months

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  1. json
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    Headline continues Sounds like it's working as intended.

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    with a review board finding no evidence that any of them were coerced.

    Sounds like it's working as intended.

    6 votes
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    CALICO
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    The word choice of 'scheme' is interesting to me. It may just be my own, US-centric bias, but the word carries a connotation that implies deception or secrecy. I understand the word itself is more...

    The word choice of 'scheme' is interesting to me. It may just be my own, US-centric bias, but the word carries a connotation that implies deception or secrecy. I understand the word itself is more neutral in definition. In Australia is there a similar undertone, or is it just an innocent synonym for 'plan', and I'm just overthinking things?

    5 votes
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      Algernon_Asimov
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      You're overthinking things. We have schemes everywhere: the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme; the Pension Loans Scheme; a national gun buyback scheme (in 1996); a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; and...

      You're overthinking things. We have schemes everywhere: the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme; the Pension Loans Scheme; a national gun buyback scheme (in 1996); a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; and so on. We have schemes everywhere!

      7 votes
      1. json
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        Them bloody scheming Aussies!

        Them bloody scheming Aussies!

        5 votes
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    calm_bomb
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    I'm not an English speaking native, but I consider myself good at it. This title sounds so wrong (doesn't it?). Wouldn't it have been better to say "More than 50 people chose to die under...

    I'm not an English speaking native, but I consider myself good at it. This title sounds so wrong (doesn't it?). Wouldn't it have been better to say "More than 50 people chose to die under Victoria's assisted dying law"?

    2 votes
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      Algernon_Asimov
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      Actually, if you read the fine print... So, 136 people chose to die. 136 applied for approval under the scheme. However: some people were assessed as unsuitable; some people died of other causes...

      Actually, if you read the fine print...

      A total of 136 people began assessment for the scheme

      So, 136 people chose to die. 136 applied for approval under the scheme. However:

      • some people were assessed as unsuitable;

      • some people died of other causes before getting to the final stage;

      • some people got approved but haven't applied for the medication yet;

      • some people have received the medication but haven't taken it yet.

      Only 52 people have actually died under this scheme (to date).

      2 votes