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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to John Olsen, Premier of South Australia, 5 May 1999

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to John Olsen, Premier of South Australia, 5 May 1999
Alternative collection title Page 799-800
Date range (approx.) 5 May 1999
Scope and contents Marshall Perron writes to the South Australian Premier in response to reports that John Olsen believes good palliative care eliminates the need for voluntary euthanasia. Perron outlines the inadequacies of palliative care for some terminally ill people, points out the reality of medically assisted suicide, and mentions one of the 4 people to take commit euthanasia in the Northern territory travelled from South Australia to do so.
Record Type Correspondence
Physical description Electronic Document – 2 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
Palliative Care
Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Names (person) Marshall Perron
jJohn Olsen
Places Northern Territory
South Australia
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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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