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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Speech by Marshall Perron at The Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne August 1995

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Speech by Marshall Perron at The Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne August 1995
Alternative collection title Page 315-329
Date range (approx.) 23-24 Aug 1995
Scope and contents In this speech Perron argues that despite being illegal, voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide are in fact available in Australia, through the practice of medically-assisted suicide (reference to the Van Der Maas study in the Netherlands is also made in this regard). Access is dependent on your wealth and knowledge of a suitable doctor. Perron also discusses the intenisty of feelings about euthanasia, the importance of safeguards restricting it to competent and terminally ill adults, and the principle of individual autonomy as a key reason for allowing euthanasia.
Record Type Public submissions
Physical description Electronic Document – 15 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 Voluntary Euthanasia
Individual Autonomy
Medically Assisted Suicide
Van Der Mass Study
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Places Netherlands
New South Wales
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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.
Location Arafura Research Archive
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin

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