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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to Brian Owler, President Australian Medical Association,11 March 2016

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter from Marshall Perron to Brian Owler, President Australian Medical Association,11 March 2016
Alternative collection title Page 1560-1561
Date range (approx.) 11 Apr 2016
Scope and contents Marshall Perron responds to a letter from Brian Owler of 8 March, expressing concern at the quality of the AMA survey into the views of its members on voluntary euthanasia. Perron suggests the survey lacks context in not outlining the significant social changes that are taking place. Perron's criticisms go deeper to the very structure of the survey, incluing the order of the questions and the language that is used, and that many of the questions make false assertions and are designed to mislead the respondents. Text of several of the questions are included. Perron also points out the results of British Medical Journal survey were wildly at odds with more reliable polls, suggesting surveys can often give the results people want.
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
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Brian Owler
Michael Gannon
Names (organisation) Australian Medical Association
British Medical Journal
Places Australia
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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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