By Paul Russell - Director of HOPE Australia.
Australia lost a great man and a great advocate against the dangers of legalised euthanasia. Professor Nick Tonti-Filippini passed away surrounded by his family on the morning of the 7th of November in Melbourne.
Nick’s writings against legalising euthanasia were a regular feature in The Age newspaper and elsewhere over many years. His were and remain compelling arguments from someone who knew only too well the ravages of terminal illness.
As The Age reported, Nick was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the age of 20. He was 56 years of age when he died. Though I only met him a handful of times, his obvious struggles were accompanied by a bright and cheerful wit, a sharp mind that has plumbed the depth of medical ethics and an active interest in public affairs.
Others have written far more extensively about Nick’s wonderful life and achievements. I want to share but one example that those of us in South Australia working to oppose euthanasia will remember long and fondly.