Diary: Equal-funds plea in euthanasia debate

We were surprised this week to hear the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) complain of a lack of funding in its fight for media coverage over the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES).

Debating the Terminally Ill Bill this month, DRC commissioner Jane Chapman lamented its comparative lack of resources to put forward its pro-life case.

'Perhaps they'd like to swap?' is VES head of comms Mark Slattery's response.

He claims VES's 'fragile income' is less than four per cent of DRC's, not to mention the Church's.

DRC chief press officer Alyson Rose says money is not the only issue, pointing out that journalists tend to be 'more interested in the right-to-die issue than the right-to-live issue'.

But that's what you have a press office for, isn't it?

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