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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, National Press Club, Canberra, 16 October 1996

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, National Press Club, Canberra, 16 October 1996
Alternative collection title Page 541-558
Date range (approx.) 16 Oct 1996
Scope and contents Perron argues that there are many reasons for the escalating global debate about voluntary euthanasia, chief among them that advances in medicine mean that when and how a patient dies is increasingly a deliberate human decision, and that people want the autonomy to make that decision for themselves. Perron goes on to discuss the reality that medically assisted death is prevalent and attacks the hypocrisy of conservative politicians who are able to take advantage of this, and criticises religion for seeking to impose their beliefs on others. Perron concludes by outlining the safeguards and benefits of the Northern Territory legislation. Includes a fact sheet sourced from the ABS with statistics on aged suicide and ‘hard deaths’.
Record Type Personal stories
Physical description Electronic Document – 17 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
Medical Technology
Individual Autonomy
Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Bob Dent
John Howard
Kim Beazley
Tim Fischer
Kevin Andrews
Bishop Collins
Cardinal Cancy
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association
National Press Club
Australian Bureau of Statistics
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]

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