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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – The Darwin Experience with Voluntary Euthanasia: Lessons to be Learnt

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – The Darwin Experience with Voluntary Euthanasia: Lessons to be Learnt
Alternative collection title Page 737-738
Date range (approx.) Mar 1999
Scope and contents An article wriiten by Philip Nitschke and published in the VE Bulletin, the newsletter of the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. Four of Doctor Nitschke’s patients made use of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) to end their lives. This article sumarises an article, “Seven Deaths in Darwin” written by Nitschke and anti-euthanasia advocates David Kissane and A Street and published in The Lancet. 
Record Type Research and other papers
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 Euthanasia
Names (person) Philip Nitschke
Marshall Perron
David Kissane
A Street
Names (organisation) South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (SAVES)
The Lancet
Places Northern Territory
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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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