April 12, 1996 |
Terminally ill Australians have begun traveling thousands of miles to an outback territory to end their lives under what is believed to be the world's first law that permits assisted suicide, a euthanasia group said Thursday. Up to 10 people are waiting for the controversial law to take effect July 1, a spokesman for the Northern Territory's Voluntary Euthanasia Network said. Most of those seeking euthanasia are elderly people with cancer, he added.
September 10, 1994 |
On Christmas Day, 1991, Nick Toonen, a 29-year-old homosexual who lives on Australia's remote island of Tasmania, filed an unusual complaint with the United Nations. Toonen wrote to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva that Tasmania's 80-year-old laws banning "intercourse against nature" constituted a threat to his life and liberty, violated his privacy and led to constant vilification and threats of physical violence.
July 31, 1993 |
It can't be easy to eat your national symbol. But Australians are overcoming their qualms about it. Soon they'll all be throwing "Skippy" on the barby, instead of shrimp. New South Wales became the fourth state to legalize the selling of kangaroo meat in supermarkets on July 22. It took three attempts in six years to get legislation through state Parliament. Australians generally regard the native high-hopping marsupial with affection.
February 16, 1991
The success of the anti-Scud Patriot missiles in the Mideast is prompting replication of sorts at home. A Colorado toy rocket manufacturer reports it is backlogged with orders for an upcoming 21-inch WORKING MODEL of the Patriot missile. Meanwhile, in Australia, officials warned that toy Patriot missiles could endanger aircraft.
January 31, 1990 |
Licking toads will not give you warts or produce a fairy prince, but it might get you high. It isn't exactly an epidemic, but the Drug Enforcement Administration says toad licking is the latest way to hallucinate. "It sounds like a fairy tale gone wrong, doesn't it?" said Robert K. Sager, chief of the DEA's laboratory in San Francisco. "Now, I don't think this is going to be a great problem because people don't go around licking toads as a habit." The culprit: the Cane toad.
December 19, 1989 |
This country is introducing tough new immigration laws today that will raise educational and professional requirements and deal harshly with people who overstay their visas. The laws "substantially tightens our management of the immigration program," Immigration Minister Robert Ray said Monday. The rate of emigration to Australia has been rising steadily over the last few years. The number in 1989-90 will be limited to 140,000, the same as in the previous year.