Charles Darwin University

CDU eSpace
Institutional Repository

CDU Staff and Student only

Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to Maxine McKew MP, 25 September 2008

Document type: Archives
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your CDU eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
Download this reading n2017_Perron_Euthanasia_Papers_Reduced_Page_1129-1131.pdf 2017 Perron Euthanasia Papers_Reduced_Page_1129-1131.pdf application/pdf; 116.19KB 0
Reading the attached file works best in Firefox, Chrome and IE 9 or later.

Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to Maxine McKew MP, 25 September 2008
Alternative collection title Page 1129-1131
Date range (approx.) 25 Sep 2008
Scope and contents Marshall Perron writes to Federal Labor politiican Maxine McKew in response to her appearance in ABC's Q&A program on voluntary euthanasia. Perron rejects McKews characterisation of passing euthanasia legislation as "crude majoritarianism" and that "arresting descriptions" of those suffering incredible pain should not be used as a basis for governemnt policy. He supports McKew's contention that people suffering terminal illness are making their own decisions, including by travelling overseas and committing suicide. 
Record Type Correspondence
Physical description Electronic Document - 3 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
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Maxine McKew
Angelique Flowers
Philip Nitschke
Names (organisation) Exit International
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Places Australia
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]

© copyright

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in CDU eSpace. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact

Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 0 Abstract Views, 0 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Sun, 13 Feb 2022, 16:00:17 CST by Ben Heaslip