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Better Off Dead
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Andrew Denton investigates the stories behind Victoria’s landmark Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) law: Who seeks to use it, and why? Who are the doctors stepping forward to help them? And how does the Church continue to resist a law it describes as ‘evil’?
Co-produced by Go Gentle Australia and the Wheeler Centre, season two of Better Off Dead looks at what happened in Victoria after the legislation came into effect in June 2019.
‘It’s not an easy process. But neither should it be. This is the ending of a life. And it ought to be treated in a serious manner – because it's a serious thing to do.’ – Former Supreme Court Justice, Betty King, now Chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
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In order of appearance: Andrew Denton, Katie Harley, Dr Kristin Cornell, Jean Caliste, Dr Greg Mewett, Dr Cameron McLaren, Professor Michael Dooley, Former Justice Betty King QC, Molly Carlile AM, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Dr Andrea Bendrups, Lisa Hogg.
Better Off Dead season two is produced by the Wheeler Centre and Go Gentle Australia
Writer, Co-Producer and Host: Andrew Denton (Go Gentle Australia)
Series Co-Producer and Script Editor: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (The Wheeler Centre)
Associate Producers: Kiki Paul and Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia)
Audio Editor and Engineer: Martin Peralta
Production Assistant: Alex Gow (The Wheeler Centre)
Marketing: Emily Harms (The Wheeler Centre), Steve Offner (Go Gentle Australia) and Frankie Bennett (Go Gentle Australia)
Publicity: Debbie McInnes (DMCPR Media)
Episode Pages: Mia McAuslan (The Wheeler Centre)
Commissioning Editors: Kiki Paul (Go Gentle Australia) and Caro Llewellyn (The Wheeler Centre)
Theme music: ‘Loydie’s Angel’, written and performed by Jordan Laser
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The Wheeler Centre
Order: This Place Has a Past
Art: Kate Banazi
Across three episodes, we’re bringing you a special audio edition of Notes, the Wheeler Centre’s digital publishing series. For this edition, participants in our 2020 podcast development programme, Signal Boost have created audio stories around the theme 'Order'.
It’s a word that brings to mind structure, organisation, command or subjugation. Think: the natural order, alphabetical order, out of order. It’s a title, descriptor, an alternative. A holy order, a tall order, or law and order? It can be a direction, or a request. Get your house in order. Take your marching orders.
In this episode, Maddi Miller delves into the hidden stratigraphy of Melbourne.
Anne Applebaum: Twilight of Democracy
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Anne Applebaum deconstructs the psychology and motivations of today’s crazed conspiracy theorists and populists in Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, an incisive examination of the longstanding struggle between democracy and dictatorship.
Drawing on high-level relationships forged across Europe and America, and an exemplary understanding of contemporary and historical politics, Twilight of…
William Gibson: The Future is Now
The man who invented 'cyberspace', William Gibson is one of the influential writers of our time. From his groundbreaking debut novel Neuromancer, to his latest bestseller Agency, he was the first to imagine a computer saturated existence, grounded in an all-too material world, and to anticipate its implications.
The philosophies and practicalities of the near futures of his…
Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet
Maggie O’Farrell’s award-winning Hamnet gives us new and illuminating insight into Shakespeare and his masterpiece, and the family that nurtured him. Told from the perspective of Shakespeare’s wife, this devastatingly beautiful novel takes as its starting point the true fact of the death of their 11 year old son, Hamnet (a variant on the more familiar Hamlet), and from there…
Maaza Mengiste: The Shadow King
In partnership with Perth Festival, join us for a special online event with Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste, author of the 2020 Booker Prize shortlisted The Shadow King. Set in Ethiopia during the 1935 invasion by Mussolini, The Shadow King catalogues the efforts of a brave battalion of women who took up arms to defend their country.
Mengiste will appear…
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