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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter to Marshall Perron from Philip Ruddock, Commonwealth Attorney-General, 4 July 2005

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter to Marshall Perron from Philip Ruddock, Commonwealth Attorney-General, 4 July 2005
Alternative collection title Page 1009
Date range (approx.) 4 Jul 2005
Scope and contents Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock writes to Marshall Perron in response to his letter of 10 May. Ruddock states that the Australian Government has taken a very clear position on euthanasia, and has taken further legislative action on the issue of suicide including prohibiting the import of certain items which may be used for suicide and to prevent people using the internet to provide information to people on committing suicide.
Record Type Correspondence
Physical description Electronic Document - 1 Page
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 Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)
Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 (Cth)
Voluntary Euthanasia
Suicide
Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (Cwth)
Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 (Cwth)
Criminal Code Amendments (Suicide Related Material Offences) Bill 2005 (Cwth)
Euthanasia Laws (Repeal) Bill 2004 (Cwth)
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Philip Ruddock
Places Northern Territory
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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