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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suicide Challenge Stalls

CANBERRA () -- Australia's High Court on Friday adjourned a court challenge to the country's world-first voluntary euthanasia law, effectively guaranteeing the controversial law's continued operation well into next year. Chief judge Frank Brennan said the court would not consider an application by a coalition of church, medical and aboriginal groups to challenge the legislation until the law's fate was considered by the national parliament. A conservative government backbencher, with Prime Minister John Howard's support, has launched a private parliamentary motion for the government to use its constitutional powers to overturn the assisted suicide law which took effect in the outback Northern Territory in July.

But parliamentary officials said a final vote was not exn pected until at least March.