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"Dr Death's" new clinic scary: councillor

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Euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke’s decision to set up a euthanasia clinic in a suburban street in Gilberton will be tested at a Walkerville Town Council meeting tonight.

Councillor Sinead Bernardi told InDaily she was “disgusted” to read revelations about the clinic in the media.

“It was the first I heard about it, and frankly I’m disgusted,” Bernardi said today.

“I have had no notification about this … setting up a euthanasia clinic in a suburban street … it’s very, very scary.”

The council has not responded to InDaily’s inquiry about whether or not Nitschke had council approval to operate a business at the site.

InDaily understands the rental agreement with the shop’s owners was only completed this month.

Nitschke started moving into the Gilbert St former bottle shop and one-time grocery store late last week.

He had told local media last Tuesday the clinic would test drugs, distribute nitrogen kits and “provide services” to terminally ill patients.

The voluntary euthanasia campaigner and Exit International director has often found himself in a battle with regulatory authorities.

The Gilbert St shop and adjoining home was featured on the front page of the Sunday Mail, sparking a series of interested passers-by.

“There’s been cars driving by slowly all day and a few photographers,” one neighbour said.

Legislation attempting to legalise voluntary euthanasia in South Australia is currently before Parliament.

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