Human euthanasia is currently illegal in Australia.
This is a major debate, because anyone who has watched a dignified loved one suffer a terribly painful and undignified death will know and appreciate how much suffering could have been prevented for the sufferer, friends and relatives. In my case, my grandpa opted to cease his dialysis treatments for renal failure after many long years of bruised arms from injection sites, surgeries and overall tiredness of the whole routine. Another argument for euthanasia is that currently there are some doctors who mercifully take pity on some that are fated to such a lingering painful death by administering lethal doses of pain medications. The argument is that those who are trying to do the right thing by the PATIENT, and not by the LAW will be protected and not lose their medical licences and have years of jail time for having a heart, provided they follow strict guidelines. Euthanasia will also free beds and nurses in palliative care, saving taxpayer money and allowing hospitals to be more available to others in need.
However, those against euthanasia believe that it compromises patient safety by allowing the legal killing of humans, and that voluntary euthanasia will be manipulated by some doctors.
If you ask me, I say those who are against euthanasia have never seen a loved one die the way I did. And no matter how much I wish they could understand, I would never wish that upon anyone. I hope to hell that when I am in a situation like my grandpa was that euthanasia has been legalised.