The Anglican Dean of Sydney, Boak Jobbins, said the latest death by euthanasia in the Northern Territory was another day of shame for Australia.
"Quite clearly we are a nation that has come to the end of its resources," Dean Jobbins said. "We no longer have anything to offer the terminally ill, the aged or the disabled but a quick exit at the end of a needle."
"I feel deeply for the family and friends of the one who died. I understand the pain and suffering of watching someone you love succumb to a terminal illness. But that is the reality of life that Euthanasia seeks to hide from us. We die. We lose the ones we love. We need to find positive and affirming ways of coping with this."
"As tragic as individual circumstances are they cannot be isolated from the wider consequences. Once you start tampering with the historic protection surrounding human life you endanger those whose lives are most vulnerable. You can no longer say unequivocally that all human life is precious. You can no longer protect the vulnerable from the whims, greed and bigotry of others."
"We must sympathise with those who face death or bereavement. But we cannot stop there. We must also look further to those who stand in the shadow of this legislation; whose care and protection is jeopardised by legalised killing."
"I urge the Northern Territory Government to take seriously its alleged concerned for the sick, to repeal the euthanasia legislation and establish proper palliative care for the terminally ill. Until it does so its so-called concern for the dying will be seen for the cynical exercise it truly is."