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Euthanasia bill divides Australian doctors and MPs

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:420

Controversial plans to legalise voluntary euthanasia in the Northern Territory of Australia have provoked a national debate on the rights of terminally ill patients. A private member's bill, due to be introduced on 21 February, has divided doctors and politicians.

The Australian Medical Association, both in the outback territory and nationally, is opposed to the legislation, which has been described as the most sweeping of its kind in the Western world. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons said that it had no official position on the subject and it was up to individual fellows to support …

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