In permitting a person to starve to death, he has also opened a debate about whether people should be allowed legal access to more humane ways to die.
Christian Rossiter is a resident of the Brightwater Care Group in Perth. He came into the group's care late last year after becoming a quadriplegic after a road accident. There is no doubt about his ability to understand his condition and to make reasoned choices on his own behalf.
His fully functioning mind is trapped within a badly broken body. As Rossiter told the court, he is "unable to undertake any basic human functions". He can make only a little foot movement and wriggle one finger, and is unable to eat or drink. Nutrition is provided to him through a tube inserted directly into his stomach.