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Euthanasia talk at seaside hotel

Dr Philip Nitschke
Dr Nitschke has already held workshops in London

An Australian doctor offering workshops on euthanasia is to give a talk at a hotel in Bournemouth.

Dr Philip Nitschke, who runs Exit International, will speak at the Hamilton Hall hotel on Tuesday.

He had booked a council-owned adult education centre to host the workshop last October, but town hall officials cancelled the booking.

"There needs to be a reshaping of people's education and beliefs around such a subject," he said.

Dr Nitschke, from Darwin, was the first doctor in the world to administer lethal injections to end four patients' lives after voluntary euthanasia was made legal in the Northern Territory of Australia in 1996.

The Australian federal government overturned the law nine months later.

He has already held workshops in London and the Bournemouth event will be followed by events in Brighton, Stroud in Gloucestershire and Glasgow.

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