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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Public Address on Voluntary Euthanasia New Zealand, May 1997

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Public Address on Voluntary Euthanasia New Zealand, May 1997
Alternative collection title Page 694-709
Date range (approx.) May 1997
Scope and contents A public address delivered by Marshall Perron in New Zealand in May 1997. Perron argues that there are many reasons for the escalating global debate about voluntary euthanasia, chief among them that advances in medical technology mean that when and how a patient dies is increasingly a deliberate human decision, and one frequently made without a patient’s consent. Perron outlines some of the concerns that aged people have including the fear of prolonged suffering as they die, and that one of the benefits of voluntary euthanasia legislation is the peace of mind it gives to the elderly.
Record Type Personal stories
Physical description Electronic Document – 16 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
Medically Assisted Suicide
Voluntary Euthanasia
Medically Ethics
Individual Autonomy
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Bob Dent
Places Northern Territory
New Zealand
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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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