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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Speech by Marshall Perron, Australian Nursing Federation NT Branch Job Delegates Conference, 25 May 2001

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Speech by Marshall Perron, Australian Nursing Federation NT Branch Job Delegates Conference, 25 May 2001
Alternative collection title Page 842-860
Date range (approx.) 25 May 2001
Scope and contents Marshall Perron begins with a brief overview of global euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation as of 2001, and concludes by discussing the prospects of legal voluntary euthanasia becoming more widespread, including an overview of legislative attempts through Australia. Perron also discusses the driving force behind the expanding euthanasia movement, that advances in medical technology are leading to death increasingly being a deliberate human decision, and one that people are increasingly demanding a say in. He also discusses a 1995 University of Queensland and Northern Territory University study into End of Life Decision Making, which highlighted the greater support for euthanasia among nurses than doctors. Some results of the study are attached to the transcript.
Physical description Electronic Document – 19 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 Individual Autonomy
Voluntary Euthanasia
Medically Assisted Suicide
Palliative Care
Medical Technology
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Peter Higgs
Sandra Kanck
Names (organisation) Australian Nursing Federation
Australian National University
University Queensland
Places Switzerland
Northern Territory
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Western Australia
New South Wales
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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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