Euthanasia in the Commonwealth of Australia

Patrick Quirk

Ave Maria School of Law; Thomas More Law School; Bond University School of Law


Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 425-447, 1998

This article describes the debate over the euthanasia law of the Northern Territory of Australia in its constitutional context. After considering the juridical status of the Northern Territory and related topics, this article outlines the judicial and legislative challenges to the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (RTI Act) of the Northern Territory and concludes by offering some justifications for the passing of the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997 (Commonwealth), which effectively repeals the RTI Act. In dealing with these issues special emphasis will be given to the problem of Commonwealth law overriding Territory law and the concept of fundamental common law rights. The appropriateness of a Parliamentary solution - as opposed to a resolution through the courts - is defended.

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Keywords: Cross-Cultural Comparison Euthanasia, legislation & jurisprudence, Euthanasia, Active, Voluntary, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Humans, Northern Territory Right to Die, legislation & jurisprudence, Terminal Care, legislation & jurisprudence

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Date posted: January 16, 2011 ; Last revised: January 19, 2011

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Quirk, Patrick, Euthanasia in the Commonwealth of Australia (1998). Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 425-447, 1998. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1741307

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