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Former Committees - Select Committee on Euthanasia


 

The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act has been made ineffective by an amendment made to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 of the Commonwealth.

Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995
The Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill was passed by the Northern Territory's Legislative Assembly on 25 May 1995.

On 16 June 1995, His Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory of Australia, Mr KJ (Austin) Asche, advised the Legislative Assembly that, pursuant to section 7 of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 of the Commonwealth, he had assented to the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 to become proposed law. The Act came into operation on 1 July 1996.

The Northern Territory Government has made available the following documents published by the Legislative Assembly:

Rights of the Terminally Ill Amendment Act 1996
The Rights of the Terminally Ill Amendment Bill was passed by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly on 20 February 1996 and assented to by His Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory of Australia, Mr KJ (Austin) Asche, on 20 March 1996. This Act came into effect on 1 July 1996.

Regulations
On 5 June 1996, The Hon. Fred Finch, MLA issued a media release  announcing that the Draft Regulations for the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act were to be released to Parliamentarians and interested groups for comment.

Private Member's Bill introduced by Mr Neil Bell, MLA Member for Macdonnell

Private Member's Bill introduced by Mr Neil Bell, MLA, Member for Macdonnell

Private Member's Bill introduced by Mr Eric Poole, MLA, Member for Araluen

Senate Legal & Constitutional Legal Committee, March 1997
In June 1996, Mr Kevin Andrews, Member for Menzies in the Commonwealth House of Representatives announced his intention to introduce a private member's Bill to override the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act. On 9 September 1996, he introduced the Bill entitled Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996 in the House. On 9 December 1996, the House of Representatives agreed to the bill with amendments.

On 7 November 1996, while debate on the Bill continued in the House of Representatives, the Senate Selection of Bills Committee recommended and the Senate agreed that the provisions of the Bill be referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry. The report was tabled in the House in March 1997.

The Copyright Act 1968 permits certain reproduction and publication of this proposed law. In particular, section 182A of the Act enables a complete copy to be made by or on behalf of a person for a particular person. For reproduction or publication beyond that permitted by the Act, prior written permission must be sought from:


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