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A right to die? Euthanasia and the law in Australia


Bartels, L and Otlowski, M, A right to die? Euthanasia and the law in Australia, Journal of Law and Medicine, 17, (4) pp. 532-555. ISSN 1320-159X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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This article examines the legal regulation of active voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in Australia. The Dying with Dignity Bill 2009 (Tas), which was recently defeated by the Tasmanian Parliament, is discussed, as well as other jurisdictions' past and present legislative developments in this context. The recent case law is also considered to ascertain how "mercy killing" or assisted suicide cases are dealt with by the criminal justice system, with particular reference to the case of R v Justins [2008] NSWSC 1194. This is followed by a critical evaluation of the key arguments for and against euthanasia. The article concludes by examining the significance of the Tasmanian Bill and the implications of such legislation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:euthanasia, assisted suicide, mercy killing, Dying with Dignity Bill 2009, Tasmania
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
UTAS Author:Otlowski, M (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
ID Code:66338
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2011-01-13
Last Modified:2015-01-02
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