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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address to the Voluntary Euthanasia Society Queensland AGM by Marshall Perron, 22 August 2007

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Address to the Voluntary Euthanasia Society Queensland AGM by Marshall Perron, 22 August 2007
Alternative collection title Page 1169-1179
Date range (approx.) 22 Aug 2007
Scope and contents Perron's address begins by highlighting the massive public support for euthanasia but then states that it is irrelevant to both the validity of the legislation (as it stands on its own merits) and its parliamentary success. Perron points out that while there has been no successful legislation in Australia since the overturn of the Northern Territory legislation, there has been success overseas and Australian states continue to introduce bills, and this is crucial in placing the issue on the public agenda. Perron highlights the prevalence of suicide to highlight the importance of euthanasia, and the importance of pressuring politicans, who react most to people who will change their vote on a particular issue, and argues that religion remains a powerful force precisly because its supporters will vote based on their opposition to euthanasia.
Record Type Research and other papers
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
Public Opinion
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Philip Nitschke
Places Queensland
South Australia
Western Australia
New South Wales
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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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