Opinion

Territorians should have right to discuss euthanasia option

By Allan Hall
November 7 2020 - 5:00pm
Territorians have been denied the right to even discuss the option of euthanasia. Picture: Shutterstock

It is now nearly 23 years since the federal parliament passed the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997, a private members' bill introduced by Kevin Andrews MP (the Andrews Bill). The bill had two purposes: to override the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (the RTI Act), a validly enacted law of the Northern Territory (NT) Legislative Assembly; and to amend the Self Government Acts of both territories so as to ensure neither Legislative Assembly could make any law on euthanasia in the future. In short, the bill sought to restore the law as it existed prior to the enactment of the RTI Act, and to keep it there permanently.

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