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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Email from Marshall Perron to Senator Richard DiNatale, 17 March 2015

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Email from Marshall Perron to Senator Richard DiNatale, 17 March 2015
Alternative collection title Page 1487-1488
Date range (approx.) 17 Mar 2015
Scope and contents Marshall Perron writes to Federal Greens Senator Richard DiNatale after the death of Darwin resident John Bayliss. Bayliss was featured in a number of NT News articles calling for the re-introduction of euthanasia legislation to the Northern Territory. Perron outlines why he and others in the Dying With Dignity movement are opposed to DiNatale's proposed Federal private member's Bill on voluntary euthanasia. The reasons include euthanasia is not a Federal responsibility; it would most likely fail to pass; and most importantly it would stop individual states from passing their own legislation. Perron finishes by proposing that DiNatale reorient the bill to overturning the Euthansia Laws Act.
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
Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 (Cth)
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Richard DiNatale
John Bayliss
Names (organisation) Dying With Dignity Queensland
NT News
Places Northern Territory
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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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