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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection - A Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee of the Australian Senate by Marshall Perron

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection - A Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee of the Australian Senate by Marshall Perron
Alternative collection title Page 617-640
Date range (approx.) Feb 1997
Scope and contents Marshall Perron outlines many of the reasons for the escalating public support for voluntary euthanasia, including medical advances, greater demand for individual autonomy, the fear of a lingering death among the elderly, and the reality of life for many long-term terminally ill people. Perron also argues that any legislation can have adequate safeguards put in place, and provides examples of safeguards from the Northern Territory Rights of the Terminally Ill Act. Finally, Perron addresses the the moral right of the Commonwealth to intervene and the scare campaign aimed at Aboriginal Territorians. Attached to the submission are some statistics on suicide and a flow chart of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.
Record Type Personal stories
Physical description Electronic Document – 23 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
Legislation
Medical Technology
Individual Autonomy
Pain
Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Medically Assisted Suicide
Suicide
Aboriginal People
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Bob Dent
Brendan Nelson
Wesley Lanhupuy
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association
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]
URL http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:59572
 
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