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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – In the End One's Thinking Turns to Euthanasia, 2013

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – In the End One's Thinking Turns to Euthanasia, 2013
Alternative collection title Page 1420
Date range (approx.) [2013]
Scope and contents An article publshed in The Australian by former Queensland Premier Beter Beattie, describing the change in his view from an opponent to a supporter of voluntary euthanasia. Beattie strongly resisted changing the law while Premier, citing the sacredness of life and a lack of trust in government regulation to to manage the ethical and moral issues. He states that ageing and thoughts of the possibility of suffering a terminal illness of his own, has forced him to re-examine his views and that faced with a decision today he would commit voluntary euthanasia to die with dignity, spare his family stress and that he would do so with a clear conscience.
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 Voluntary Euthanasia
Names (person) Peter Beattie
Names (organisation) The Australian
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.
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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Created: Sat, 06 Aug 2022, 16:14:53 CST by Ben Heaslip