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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, 11th International Conference of the World federation of Right To Die Societies, Melbourne, 17 October 1996

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address by Marshall Perron, 11th International Conference of the World federation of Right To Die Societies, Melbourne, 17 October 1996
Alternative collection title Page 559-575
Date range (approx.) 17 Oct 1996
Scope and contents Perron discusses how the Australian Medical Association’s ‘Ethics and the Law – The Dying Patient’ 1994 conference provided the motivation for his decision to introduce legislation to the NT parliament, and that the initial legislation drew heavily on the work of the Victorian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. Perron discusses the public debate and the legislative process, from the initial release of the bill for public comment up to the passage of the legislation and the pending Commonwealth challenge. He concludes with some general comments in support of voluntary euthanasia including the prevalence of suicide of terminally ill people and medically assisted suicide.
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 Public Debate
Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 1995 (NT)
Operation TIAP
Medically Assisted Suicide
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Helga Kuhse
David Kelly
Roger Hunt
Lynda Cracknell
Kevin Andrews
Bob Kent
Bishop Collins
Cardinal Clancy
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association
NT Voluntary Euthanasia Society
Places Northern Territory
Box list available? n/a
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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