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[31 May 2016 | No Comment | 20 views ]

We all deserve the choice of a voluntary assisted death
By Prof Ross Fitzgerald (AM)
A major source of opposition to voluntary assisted dying is the Catholic Church and other religious hierarchies. “Voluntary” and “choice” are concepts that churches like to reserve for their autocracies but not apply to individuals. They demand control – not only over their memberships but over the rest of us as well. In Australia, as elsewhere, minority ecclesiastical autocracies still remain powerful in their fight against same-sex marriage and voluntary assisted dying. Yet more than 70 per …

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[30 May 2016 | No Comment | 12 views ]

“The Big Boys Fly Up”
Review of ‘Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football’
Ross Fitzgerald (ed)
Connor Court Publishing P/L, 2016
ISBN: 9781925138948
RRP – $29.99 pb
Reviewed by Paul Henderson
THE BIG BOYS FLY UP
Ross Fitzgerald’s book consists of his introduction, followed by 37 short accounts or essays about aspects of Australian Rules Football and an epilogue which considers the effects that weather has had on the game.
The 37 authors come from many walks of life including former players, administrators and coaches, past and present politicians, business leaders, academics, journalists, a cardinal, a publisher, authors and …

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[30 May 2016 | 2 Comments | 18 views ]

Given that for most people voluntary assisted dying is eminently sensible, it is still surprisingly difficult to have a reasoned debate about end-of-life choices.
As a patron of Britain’s ‘Dignity in Dying’ campaign, Sir Terence English reports: “During my life as a surgeon I have come across mentally competent, terminally ill patients who would have welcomed the option of being able to choose the timing and circumstances of their death. I believe the legislation of assisted dying is important for those who, like me, wish to have this degree of control …

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[28 May 2016 | No Comment | 17 views ]

Given that for most people voluntary assisted dying is eminently sensible, it is still surprisingly difficult to have a reasoned debate about end-of-life choices.
As a patron of Britain’s ‘Dignity in Dying’ campaign, Sir Terence English reports: “During my life as a surgeon I have come across mentally competent, terminally ill patients who would have welcomed the option of being able to choose the timing and circumstances of their death. I believe the legislation of assisted dying is important for those who, like me, wish to have this degree of control …

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[12 May 2016 | No Comment | 40 views ]

The introduction of party logos on Senate ballot papers at the forthcoming election could throw up some very unexpected results. It also represents one of the largest shifts in electoral philosophy that we’ve seen in a long time in that we have introduced “brands” as opposed to “party names” onto our ballot papers. In the same way that many public institutions and conventions are being corporatised, now our voting system is suffering the same fate as we inexorably move toward US-style electioneering.
The Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon joined forces …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 78 views ]

Celebrated author and academic Professor Ross Fitzgerald will lead The Sex Party’s bid for a federal Senate seat in NSW, named as the party’s number one candidate.
Fitzgerald launched his campaign at his home in leafy Redfern, Sydney, on Wednesday. With his daughter’s paintings hanging proudly on the walls and a small white dog weaving around the patio furniture, he spoke of his reasons for mounting his first election campaign at age 71 — namely, support for marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia and dealing with alcoholism and other social problems among prison …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 43 views ]

Sex Party launches NSW candidate
Prison reform, drug reform and taxing religious institutions is top of the list for Professor Ross Fitzgerald, the Sex Party’s newest senate candidate, who rates his chances at winning a seat in NSW and shaking up the system.
Bill Shorten’s chances of holding inner Sydney seats have been enhanced by the Australian Sex Party’s likely decision to direct preferences to Labor.
The progressive small party is intent on paying back inner-city Greens rivals for supporting the Turnbull government’s reforms to the Senate.
In Sydney to announce the Australian Sex …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 90 views ]

Sex Party: NSW Senate candidate Ross Fitzgerald not what you’d expect
MAY 11, 2016 5:06PM
Prof Ross Fitzgerald said he believed he was a perfect fit for a party whose motto was Your Life, Your Choice.
FORGET whips, chains and strippers because the Sex Party has just come of age — literally
He may seem like an unlikely Senate candidate for the Sex Party but Ross Fitzgerald thinks he might just have what it takes to pull it off.
The author, professor and father of a grown up daughter reckons he’s a perfect fit for …

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | 13 views ]

A life-long Collingwood supporter, Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM is the author of 39 books, including his memoir ‘My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ and the co-authored political/sexual satire, ‘Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure.’ In 2016, he edited ‘Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football’ which is a collection of well known Australian contributors each writing of moments they hold dear from the team of their heart. Every team in the AFL is represented. On Monday 21 March 2016, Ross Fitzgerald joined Sydney lawyer Gabrielle Trainer and journalist and …

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[27 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 22 views ]

Life sometimes imitates art as author and political commentator Professor Ross Fitzgerald knows only too well. His recent satirical novel ‘Going Out Backwards’ (which he wrote with comedian Ian McFadyen, who lives on Brisbane’s bayside) is a farce but was eerily prescient in its take on national politics.
Writing of an Australia where a lunatic fringe – including Grafton Everest himself – holds the balance of power in Canberra was certainly on the money.
Professor Fitzgerald, emeritus professor in history and politics at Griffith University, has written histories of Queensland and a …

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[22 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 28 views ]

Review of ‘Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football’, edited by Ross Fitzgerald, Connor Court, $32.95 & ‘From the Outer’, edited by Alicia Sometimes & Nicole Hayes, Black Inc, $27.99.
It may seem surprising – given that internet blogging and self-publishing have afforded anyone who feels they have something to say about football – that, for a long time, there was not a lot of published fan-writing on the game. Even on Australian football, which has held many people in its grip for generations.
One of the mottos of Australian football has been …