Nitschke plan for Swiss euthanasia trips

Dr Nitschke said his organisation was close to appointing someone to carry out the service for a commission of about $1000 per patient, after the NSW upper house overturned a voluntary euthanasia bill.

This means travelling to Switzerland is the only legal avenue currently open to Australians.

Dr Nitschke said they had been organising documentation for members until now, but there were currently three people pursuing it, a number that was “unusually high”.

“Because of the amount of work and time, it’s consuming; it would be in our interests to get someone else to do this job,” he said.

Exit International would pay the agent’s commission, although patients seeking to end their lives would have to pay the $12,000 fee to Swiss euthanasia group Dignitas, plus their airfare.