Euthanasia was legalized in Australia‘s Northern Territory, by the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995. Soon after, the law was voided by an amendment by the Commonwealth to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978. The powers of the Northern Territory legislature, unlike those of the State legislatures, are not guaranteed by the Australian constitution.
Yesterday The Age reported as follows:-
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown plans to introduce a private bill to the Senate next week aiming to restore the Northern Territory’s right-to-die legislation which was overturned by the commonwealth in 1997.
Senator Brown has written to Mr Rudd seeking his support for a conscience vote on the bill.
Lets hope the ALP government proves to be more liberal than the former Liberal government.