NT Revisited: The VE Debate, Then And Now - Religion

21 years ago, then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, which he introduced. The Bill was passed in 1996, and the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act became the first voluntary euthanasia law in the world. The Howard Government overturned the Bill a year later, and revoked the right of the territories to pass such a law again.

What is particularly interesting reading this speech today, is that even with two decades and a wealth of worldwide evidence between then and now, so many of the opponent arguments it highlights are still in play.

Here, we take a look at politicians with religious beliefs that oppose voluntary euthanasia.

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NT Revisited: The VE Debate, Then And Now – The AMA

21 years ago, then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, which he introduced. The Bill was passed in 1996, and the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act became the first voluntary euthanasia law in the world. The Howard Government overturned the Bill a year later, and revoked the right of the territories to pass such a law again.

What is particularly interesting reading this speech today, is that even with two decades and a wealth of worldwide evidence between then and now, so many of the opponent arguments it highlights are still in play.

Here, we take a look at the opposition of the Australian Medical Association.

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NT Revisited: The VE Debate, Then And Now – Safeguards

 

21 years ago, then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered a speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, which he introduced. The Bill was passed in 1996, and the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act became the first voluntary euthanasia law in the world. The Howard Government overturned the Bill a year later, and revoked the right of the territories to pass such a law again.

What is particularly interesting reading this speech today, is that even with two decades and a wealth of worldwide evidence between then and now, so many of the opponent arguments it highlights are still in play.

Here, we take a look at the argument that the right safeguards do not exist.

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Read: Marshall Perron's 1995 Northern Territory Speech

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21 years ago, then-Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Marshall Perron delivered this speech to NT Parliament in the closing of debate on the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill, which he introduced. The Bill was passed in 1996, and the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act became the first voluntary euthanasia law in the world. The Howard Government overturned the Bill a year later, and revoked the right of the territories to pass such a law again.

SECOND READING, IN REPLY, CLOSING THE DEBATE
24 May 1995

Mr Speaker, a number of members find themselves in a dilemma over the issue before us. Indeed, I find myself among that group.

Today, I will damage relationships that I value deeply. My dilemma is whether to rest my case, and not further bruise those relationships, or press ahead and try to achieve a needed reform that will diminish misery and suffering for a very small number of unfortunate citizens to whom palliative care is no comfort.

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Watch: "Doctors: The AMA Doesn't Speak For Me."

Voluntary euthanasia is an issue that our medical professionals want discussed. 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Governor Jerry Brown's Change Of Heart"

In October 2015, Californian Governor Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, signed off on a voluntary euthanasia law after spending days questioning his moral position. The story of a young woman, Brittany Maynard, helped with this decision.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "It Should Be Done With Love"

Voluntary euthanasia is about compassion.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Doctors: Being With Patients"

Voluntary euthanasia is about a doctor's ability to offer patients all options when they need them. 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Do No Harm."

A doctor's oath is to do no harm. But what of the harm when someone is left to suffer who could otherwise have been released from that suffering? 

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now. 

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.


Watch: "Doctors: I Support VE Because..."

Voluntary euthanasia is a public health issue.

The Death With Dignity Bill 2016 will be debated next week in South Australian Parliament, so we need your support now.

If you live in South Australia, simply enter your name, email address and postcode here to let your MP know you want them to represent you, and support this Bill.

Alternatively, if you would like to call, visit, fax, or independently email your MP, you can find their contact details by electorate here.