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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Ending “Bad’ Deaths and Suicide

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Ending “Bad’ Deaths and Suicide
Alternative collection title Kennett opinion H.Sun 21 Sep 16
Date range (approx.) 21 Sep 2016
Scope and contents An opinon piece by former Liberal Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, published in the herald Sun newspaper on September 21, 2016. Mr Kennett outlines his support for assisted dying, in the context of an impending response from the Victorian Labor Government to its End of Life Choices Inquiry. He states that there should be a commonality between the various state legislation in Australia, and discusses his two-phase solution – the first step being to pass in parliament a motion supporting the principle of assisted dying, followed by specific legislation allowing it.
Record Type In the news
Physical description Electronic copy – 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 Legislation
Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (Vic) 2017
Names (person) Jeff Kennett
Names (organisation) The Herald Sun newspaper
Places Victoria
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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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Created: Sat, 24 Apr 2021, 14:41:11 CST by Ben Heaslip