ARTICLE - SUBMISSION: Maxim Institute's submission to the Health Select Committee
Since late 2013, Maxim Institute has undertaken a stream of research into the legal and policy arguments regarding euthanasia and the international experience of legalised assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. This submission provides responses to numbers three and four of the Health Select Committee’s Terms of Reference for their inquiry into the ending of one's life in New Zealand.
BLOG - The 'un-meat' needs of our regions
We have all seen the future in movies, you push a button, or say “chicken” to a box in the wall and “chicken” magically appears on a plate. Dr Bosworth argues the future of science promises unlimited lab cultured or 3D printed food at our fingertips. Mass produced, low carbon, low guilt food heaven. However, this utopian scenario assumes that everybody will hunger for mass produced, low carbon, low guilt food options.
BLOG - Removing the barriers
As Shawn Fremstad of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research states: “disability is both a fundamental cause and consequence of income poverty.” With the need to pay for extra support, medical bills, and specialty equipment, the cost of living for people with disabilities can be incredibly high. Place this alongside a low income as a result of “job loss and reduced earnings, [as well as] barriers to education and skills development” and the result for many people with disabilities is poverty and isolation from society.
BLOG - The public square vs the voting booth
Why was Donald Trump’s election so surprising? One obvious reason is that he was completely unfit to be president. Less obvious is the fact that so much of what is now said and assumed in public life implied that his ideas were out-of-touch with the majority, with reality, and with the future. But as the election showed us, the consensus positions of public life turned out to be out-of-touch with a huge number of American voters. There’s a problem with our public conversations, and it points to a lesson for New Zealand.