X-Message-Number: 6367
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 18:45:21 -0700
From: David Brandt-Erichsen <>
Subject: Australia law

The court action brought by Australian Medical Association Northern
Territory Branch President Dr. Chris Wake was seeking an injunction to
prevent the "gazetting" of the Northern Territory of Australia Rights of the
Terminally Ill Act.  Before becoming law, notice of the Act must be
"gazetted" or placed in the Government Gazette, the official method of
communicating key government events to the community.

It turns out that the Act was actually gazetted on June 6th and quietly
released last week, unbenownst to Dr. Wake, who is now accusing the
government of being "underhanded" in the matter.  He now has to change his
legal arguments to be not against the gazetting, which has already occured,
but against the final signing off of the regulations which accompany the
Act.  The Supreme Court of the Northern Territories is still scheduled to
hear the case June 21.

The full gazettal notice reads as follows:

Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995

I, KEITH JOHN AUSTIN ASCHE, the Administrator of the Northern Territory of
Australia, in pursuance of Section 2 of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act
1995, fix 1 July 1996 as the date on which that Act (No. 12 of 1995) shall
come into operation.

Dated 6th June, 1996.


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