Radio Live Panel: 31 May 2015

Radio_Live_logo.svgListen to my Sunday morning Radio Live panel with Mark Sainsbury and Deborah Coddington.

The morning after the Green Party AGM at which I got a whopping 1% (third equal) of the first preference vote in the male co-leader contest and Deborah is celebrating the release of her new book, The Good Life on Te Muna Road.

We talk about the FIFA scandal and the re-election of Sepp Blatter as president.

Lawyer, Lecretia Seales, is fighting in the courts for the right to assisted dying. We discuss the viability of her claim that The Bill of Rights gives her the right not to be deprived of life, and not to be subject to torture or cruel, degrading or disproportionately severe treatment or punishment. Her lawyers have argued that the Crimes Act sections on assisting suicide and killing can be interpreted in a way consistent with her rights. Alternatively, she wants a declaration that the Crimes Act is inconsistent with her rights. Crown lawyer, Paul Rishworth QC, said there could not be a serious argument for an alternative interpretation of the relevant Crimes Act sections. Her claim that her right to life was infringed was based on an argument that, if assisted suicide and euthanasia were not available, it would force her to take her own life earlier, he said. Her illness was depriving her of life, and there was no treatment by the state that could be labelled as cruel, degrading or disproportionately severe.

A 65-year old woman in Germany has had quadruplets through artificial insemination. She already has 13 other children. Is this right?

New Zealander, Peter Gardner, is highly likely to be sentenced to death in China for attempting to smuggle 30kg of methamphetamine (which he claims he thought were peptides for bodybuilding). Mike Morah joins us to talk about the case.

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  1. Pingback: Sunday Panels on Radio Live 2014-2015 | Vernon Tava

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