Australian doctors renew battle over euthanasia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1437

Doctors in Australia are still considering a legal challenge to block the country's first voluntary euthanasia bill, which is due to become law on 1 July in the Northern Territory (2 March, p 529). Their renewed threat follows a controversial decision by the government working party—set up to implement the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act—to liberalise former guidelines.

The chairman of the Coalition Against Euthanasia, Dr Chris Wake, said that the working party had failed to provide the safeguards needed to protect doctors and nurses from …

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