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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Letter to its Members from the NT Branch of the Australian Medical Association

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Letter to its Members from the NT Branch of the Australian Medical Association
Alternative collection title Page 442-443
Date range (approx.) 20 Jun 1996
Scope and contents Vice President of the NT Branch of the Australian Medical Association Charles Kilburn outlines a legal challenge to the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (1995 NT) mounted by its President Chris Wake and Aboriginal Territorian Reverend Djiniyini Gondarra. He further states that the AMA-NT have received legal advice that medical practitioners who assist in euthanasia after the commencement of the Act may be exposed to civil or criminal repercussions.
Record Type Correspondence
Physical description Electronic Document –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 Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Law
Names (person) Charles Kilburn
Chris Wake
Djiniyini Gondarra
Shane Stone
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association NT Branch
Places Northern Territory
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Item list available? n/a
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]
URL http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:59572
 
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