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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address to S.A.V.E.S Annual General Meeting by Marshall Perron April 1999

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address to S.A.V.E.S Annual General Meeting by Marshall Perron April 1999
Alternative collection title Page 751-766
Date range (approx.) April 1999
Scope and contents Marshall Perron begins the speech by arguing that there is no rational case against allowing people to control their end of life decisions, and refutes a number of arguments against voluntary euthanasia. He then outlines the experience of the 4 people who used the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) to end their lives. Perron then goes on to discuss the reality of medically assisted suicide, but that access to this favours those with the skills and knowledge to pursue it. Attached to the transcript are suicide statistics from 1995-1997.
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 Voluntary Euthanasia
Suicide
Medically Assisted Suicide
Individual Autonomy
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Brendan Nelson
Kevin Andrews
Philip Nitschke
Bob Dent
Janet Mills
Bill W
Valerie P
Names (organisation) The Atlantic Monthly
Places Northern Territory
South Australia
Oregon
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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