Seven fallacies in Victorian bishops’ arguments against assisted dying | Neil Francis

Religious leaders have the right to argue for their faith. But they deserve scrutiny when they put forward misleading arguments

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In Monday’s Herald Sun, Victorian Archbishops Philip Freier and Denis Hart, and Bishops Ezekiel, Suriel, Lester Briebbenow, Bosco Puthur and Peter Stasiuk published a half-page advertisement admonishing the Victorian government for its initiative to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, an ad similar to the one published by religious figures in 2008.

I have no quarrel with individuals of faith regarding their own private beliefs. However, the bishops’ attempt at public “leadership” through the advertisement is deserving of redress for its multiple fallacies.

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Nurofen class action could yield very small individual payments, lawyer says

Painkiller manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser settled an Australian class action over its specific pain range last month

A $3.5m class action over Nurofen tablets that falsely claimed they could target specific types of pain could yield very small payments for individual claimants, if everyone who bought the products steps forward.

The painkiller’s manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, settled the class action over its specific pain range at the federal court in Sydney last month.

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Australian nurse sentenced to 18 months’ jail in Cambodia on surrogacy charges

Tammy Davis-Charles found guilty of sourcing clients for a clinic after authorities abruptly banned commercial surrogacy

An Australian nurse has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in Cambodia, as authorities tackle “womb for rent” businesses.

Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, has been in custody since her arrest in November last year, weeks after Cambodia abruptly banned commercial surrogacy.

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