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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Holy Alliance: The Inside Story of Euthanasia's Demise

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Holy Alliance: The Inside Story of Euthanasia's Demise
Alternative collection title Page 648-654
Date range (approx.) 29 Mar 1997
Scope and contents An article by political editor Michael Gordon and published in The Australian newspaper. It describes the overthrow of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act by a predominantly Catholic network of politicians, health professionals, lawyers and activists with its genesis in New Souih Wales. The article focuses on the role of Labor's Tony Burke and business executive Jim Dominguez, and the tactics of subtlety over coercion, grassroots campaigining, and a focus on the slippery slope argument leading to involuntary euthanasia.
Record Type In the news
Physical description Electronic Document - 7 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
Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Slippery Slope Argument
Names (person) Michael Gordon
Tony Burke
Kevin Andrews
Marshall Perron
Jim Dominguez
John Johnson
Graham Richardson
Mike Foreshaw
Edward Clancy
Tom Hughes
John Brosnan
Luke Gormally
Helge Kuhse
Colleen McCullogh
Andrew Olle
Armon Hicks
Ian Kortlang
Robert Hill
Kay Patterson
Kay Denman
Names (organisation) The Australian
Lyons Forum
Linacre Centre for Health Care Ethics
Euthanasia No
Places Northern Territory
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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