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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Why the Assisted Suicide Vote Failed

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Why the Assisted Suicide Vote Failed
Alternative collection title Leyonhjelm-Why-the-assisted-suicide-vote-failed
Date range (approx.) 30 Aug 2018
Scope and contents A piece oublished in the Australian Financial Review by Federal Senator David Leyonhjelm. Leyonhjelm sponsored the Restoring Territory Rights Bill (Cth) 2015, which aimed to return to the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory the right to legislate euthanasia, which was removed by the Euthanasia Laws Act (Cth) 1997. Mr Leyonhjelm claims that he had a deal with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to facilitate a debate and free vote on the Restoring Territory Rights Bill, but that Mr Turnbull did not fulfill this deal. The legislation was defeated 36-34.
Record Type In the news
Physical description Electronic copy – 2 pages
Language English
Language code eng
Collection created by Marshall Perron
Biographical history The Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in the world to explicitly legalise euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) entered into law on 1 July 1996. The following year the Commonwealth Parliament intervened to overturn the Act. Section 50A was added to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to prohibit the Northern Territory from making laws in respect of euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Act was in force for 9 months, during which time four people died by medically assisted suicide through its provisions.
Provenance The NT Euthanasia Collection contains donations from a number of contributors. This item was donated by Mr Marshall Perron.
Subjects Assisted Suicide
Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 (Cth)
Names (person) David Leyonhjelm
Malcolm Turnbull
Anne Ruston
Alex Gallacher
Brian Burston
Peter Georgiou
Steve Martin
Names (organisation) The Australian Financial Review newspaper
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Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers should be aware that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
Related material Please see folder list for the NT Euthanasia Collection (link below)
Location Arafura Research Archive
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Description for Link Folder list for NT Euthanasia Collection [CDU Arafura Research Archive]
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Created: Sat, 24 Apr 2021, 14:49:04 CST by Ben Heaslip