There are many people to whom I am greatly indebted for their assistance during the course of my preparation of this work--indeed, too numerous to name all individually: they include scholars in law, medicine and related fields, medical practitioners, senior government officials, and representatives from the voluntary euthanasia organisation in the various jurisdictions under consideration. To all those who so generously assisted me, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks.
I also wish to acknowledge the financial assistance I have received from the University of Tasmania, School of Commerce and Law, by way of a research grant, for the completion of this work.
This work has been a long time in the making. I would like to acknowledge the love and support of my family, especially my husband, Justin, for his patience and understanding and my father, for his untiring interest and encouragement throughout the course of its preparation.