Australia continues debate on euthanasia

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:553

The debate on voluntary euthanasia is set to continue in Australia as another private member's bill is introduced next week, in South Australia, to legalise mercy killing. A Labor frontbencher, Mr John Quirke, who watched his father die painfully of cancer, said that his bill would allow “a free choice for the terminally ill and willing medical practitioners.”

The bill comes only a few days after similar legislation was introduced into the Northern Territory's parliament by the chief minister, Mr Marshall Perron (18 February, p 420). …

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