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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to State and Federal Palliative Care Associations, 10 October 2011

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to State and Federal Palliative Care Associations, 10 October 2011
Alternative collection title Page 1354-1355
Date range (approx.) 10 Oct 2011
Scope and contents Marshall Perron writes to state and federal palliative care association, with comments on the draft revised Palliative Care Association (PCA) Position Statement on Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. Perron commends the PCA for acknowledging the diversity of views on ethical issues and its position of "studied neutrality". He then criticise it and suggest it moves away from a position of studied neutrality with reference to biased and dated views including comments that the community is incapable of discussing death openly and freely. Perron also criticises them for omitting to ackowledge that palliative care cannot relieve all suffering and that suicide among the eldelry is a real issue.
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
Palliative Care Association Position Statement on Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide.
Medically Assisted Suicide
Suicide
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Names (organisation) Palliative Care Australia
Places 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]
URL http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:59572


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