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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, Parliament of New South Wales Voluntary Euthanasia Seminar, 16 October 1995

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, Parliament of New South Wales Voluntary Euthanasia Seminar, 16 October 1995
Alternative collection title Page 354-372
Date range (approx.) 16 Oct 1995
Scope and contents Perron’s address focusses on the intensity of emotions surrounding the euthanasia debate, and despite growing support for it in the general community his experience as a politicam is the stability of views amongst those heavily engaged in the topic – whether for or against. Perron also argues that the only two groups where the majority are opposed are clergy and politicians. The speech then discusses a number of issues to do with voluntary euthanasia including palliative care, medically assisted suicide, personal authonomy and legislative safeguards.
Record Type Personal stories
Physical description Electronic Document – 19 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 Palliative Care
Individual Autonomy
Medically Assisted Suicide
Slippery Slope
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Brendan Nelson
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association
Places 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.
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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