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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Email from Marshall Perron to Bob Carr, 19 September 2016

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Email from Marshall Perron to Bob Carr, 19 September 2016
Alternative collection title Page 1578-1579
Date range (approx.) 19 Sep 2016
Scope and contents Marshall Perron writes to former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, in response to reported comments of Carr that legalising voluntary euthanasia could make it harder for for doctors to help suffering patients to die, as the prospect of litigation may make them reluctant to approve the right to committ euthanasia. Perron responds that the status quo is nor prefereable, and that many doctors under the current scenario who medically assist suicide are technically guilty of murder, and the current scenario also inhibits frank discussion of suicide. Perron summarises that legalisiong voluntary euthanasia gives the greatest certainty and support to all people involved.
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
Medically Assisted Suicide
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Bob Carr
Andrew Denton
Places California
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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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