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Exit International holds regular Workshops in the UK, Europe, Australasia & Nth America.  Exit was previously known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Research Foundation.
Philip Nitschke is the author of the best-selling practical methods guidebook The Peaceful Pill eHandbook.

>>> Exit Members say NO PUNISHMENT for Albany Pensioner & Exit Member Rupert Ward for Nembutal Importation

Updated 28 August  2014Twitter pic
Exit Member Rupert Ward was again in Court in Albany WA today (Thurs) with a guilty plea to importing 5gm of Nembutal.
In today's poll which sought to identify public opinion on what should happen to Rupert, Exit polled over 1000 of its Members. 
Astoundingly, over 90 percent of those polled, have voted that Rupert Ward should receive no punishment for importing 5gm of Nembutal from China.
In the same survey of 1088 Exit Members, 97% of those surveyed thought that it would NOT be in the public interest for elderly importers of Nembutal to receive a conviction against their name.
Almost 80% believed that the law 'should turn a blind eye' when it comes to the criminal actions of the elderly who seek to import illegal end of life drugs.
Dr Philip Nitschke travelled to Albany WA to accompany Rupert to court.  Speaking from Perth he said, he hopes the Magistrate will take note of public opinion when handing down her decision tomorrow morning.
'It would go against public opinion for Rupert to receive any punishment greater than a fine for his guilty plea. 
'Just as it is not up to the courts to put right to bad laws, neither should the elderly be hung out to dry simply for asserting an option which they see as a fundamental human right. 
'The time is long overdue for politicians to do the job our taxes pay them for.
'The Parliamentarians of WA should represent the wishes of their electorate and pass VE laws immediately' he said.
'Pensioners such as Rupert should pay the price for politicians' recalcitrance on this important issue.

>>> Vale Max Bromson

Updated 8 August  2014Max
SA VEP Party Senate Candidate, Max Bromson, passed away peacefully on Sunday 27 July, after drinking Nembutal surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Police are now investigating Max's suicide with his immediate family & Dr Philip Nitschke (PhD) all currently involved in the inquiries.
Supporters of VEP will remember Max as the lead VEP candidate for the September 2013 Federal Election.
A passionate supporter of end of life choices, Max undertook much media on the issue in his later years. This can be viewed HERE.
To support the VEP Vic as the party heads into the Victorian election in November, you can join the Party HERE or make a donation HERE.

>>> Medical Board undertakes Political De-registration

Updated 28 July 2014 Suspended
Under the cover of midnight, the Medical Board of Australia suspended the medical license of Dr Philip Nitschke PhD MBBS. 
In an act driven by political motives, Exit alleges that the Immediate Action Committee of the Medical Board has acted contrary to the rule of law & Australian democracy.
A directions hearing was heard in Darwin on Wednesday 6 July.  The trial is expected to take place in early October.
To donate and support Philip's campaign to defend his medical registration please visit GoFundMe.com/supportphilip

>>> Extra Workshops Scheduled due to Popular Demand

Meb workshop 2014
A capacity crowd at the July Melbourne Workshop
Updated 20 July 2014
Due to popular demand, Exit International will be holding a record number of Safe Exit Workshops in 2014. 
In the coming months, a workshop will be held in Darwin in mid August; Sydney late September & throughout regional Victoria & again in Melbourne in the run-up to the Victorian State Election in late November.
These workshops are in addition to scheduled meetings on the Sunshine Coast (14 August) & Adelaide (3 September).
Workshops in New Zealand will be held late January 2015.
A book tour of the US is planned for the first half of 2015.

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>>> Exit to Hold Rational Suicide Conference in 2015

Updated 2 July 2014 

As with past conferences held by Exit (see Dementia & the Law in Sept 2008), the death of an Exit Member has sparked interest in a conference on the topic of rational suicide.  An international line-up of speakers is currently being sought. Watch this space for further updates. Come along to a conference that will challenge your ideas about when & why we die.
See Exit's press release on the recent death of Exit Member, Nigel Brayley, HERE.

>>> 35 Letters Wins Sydney Film Festival Documentary Competition

Updated 15 June 2014 

SFF Angelique
Congratulations to Janine Hosking on a stunning film and your win @ SFF 2014.
Read what the judges said about 35 Letters at the SFF Website.
Melbourne writer & Exit Member, Angelique Flowers, was 31 years old when she died awfully from a bowel obstruction.  Having been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer just months before, Angelique begged the Australian Prime Minister to change the law.  He ignored her.
35 Letters is the new feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Janine Hosking

>>> Vale - Betty Peters OAM

Updated 31 March 2014 Betty 
On Sunday 30 March, Exit received the very sad news of the death of the wonderful Betty Peters in Melbourne.
In 2010, Betty became the face of the Helium method of self-deliverance with her popular 'Do it Yourself with Betty' film on YouTube.com (which Youtube would later ban for reasons unfathomable) which explained how to make your own plastic Exit Bag.
The following year, Betty made the first of a series of films documenting how to make a Peaceful Pill.
In 2013, Betty followed up with a final film on Max Dog Nitrogen.
Betty will be missed by everyone at Exit and by her thousands of fans around the world.
Rest in peace Betty. Betty was 82 years old.
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    >>> Nitschke Autobiography to be launched in Tasmania

    Updated 14 October 2013 damned cover
    Melbourne University Press will host the Tasmanian launch of the autobiography of Exit International's Dr Philip Nitschke this week. 
    Written with Peter Corris, Damned If I Do traces Philip's remarkable life from boyhood in rural South Australia to his ground-breaking work in the right to die movement.  
    This is the revealing, personal story of the man behind the controversial pro-euthanasia movement, told in his own words. Medical doctor, humanist, author and founder/director of Exit International, Philip Nitschke's life has always been in the spotlight. - See more at: https://www.mup.com.au/items/118098#sthash.GeaJ2ZK7.dp 
    Come & hear Philip speak about Damned If I Do at Fullers Bookstore in Hobart as Parliamentary Debate on Tasmania's Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill gets underway
    Hobart Barrister, Greg Barns, will launch Damned If I Do at:
    Fullers Bookshop 131 Collins St, Hobart: Thurs 17 October @ 5pm
    All Welcome.

    >>> Jay Franklin Tells his Story to ABC 4 Corners

    Updated 16 September  2013 Jay and Bertha
    After 36 years struggling with that situation, Jay Franklin says he's had enough and he wants to end his own life.
    Because assisted suicide, or voluntary euthanasia, is illegal in Australia he is forced to apply to Switzerland to fulfil his wish.
    Jay's story raises many questions: why doesn't society allow an individual with an incurable condition the right to seek assistance to end their own life? Is it right that a person is forced to go overseas to die in this way? And why don't our political representatives deal with the issue in an open and free manner?

    Jay Franklin tells his story to ABC TV's Liz Jackson on 4 Corners

    >>> License to Kill: A New Al Jazeera Documentary

    Watch the documentary above
    Updated 20 May 2013
    Is Australia's moral compass being called into question as opinions change about euthanasia?
    101 East is Al Jazeera's weekly Asian current affairs program covering a dynamic region with diverse cultures & conflicting politics. With special reports, interviews & debates, 101 East tackles the issues that unify & divide Asia.
    View Tony Richmond's new cutting-edge documentary 'License to Kill'.
    101 East airs each week at the following times GMT:
    Thursday: 2230;
    Friday: 0930;
    Saturday: 0330;
    Sunday: 1630.

    >>> Fiji: Pacific Solution for a Peaceful Death

    Updated 28 August 2012Fiji
    In early 2011, Exit International approached the Fijian Government with a proposal to open a Dignitas-style 'Assisted Suicide' clinic in Nandi. 
    In June 2011, the Fijian Attorney General requested a detailed proposal.
    In late August 2012, Exit International gave The Age & Sydney Morning Herald newspapers exclusive access to the correspondence & the discussions to date.

    >>> The Meaning of Life according to Philip Nitschke

    Updated 13 March 2011 Philip on Compass
    Sunday night's guest on the ABC TV's flagship program Compass - Life's Big Questions with Scott Stephens - Dr Philip Nitschke, one of our most controversial Australians. Philip’s stand on voluntary euthanasia has inextricably connected him to death, and he has a lot to say about the meaning of life too.
    The show can be viewed online HERE.
    For more about Compass see http://www.abc.net.au/compass