AUSTRALIA SLAYS MERCY-KILLING LEGISLATION

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2000, 12:00am

The euthanasia law was passed by the Northern Territory of Australia's legislature by just one vote, 13-12, on May 25, 1995. It required patients to be 10 years or older, terminally-ill and suffering unacceptable pain and distress.


The patient signs a certificate requesting assistance to die (a request which may be withdrawn at any time), then must collect three signatures - from his doctor, a specialist in treating the illness involved and a psychologist - and sign an application. There is then a seven-day cooling off period and a 40-hour wait before the injection is administered by the doctor. However, senators voted 38 to 33 to kill off the law in May 1997.