During the time that the Northern Territory had legalised euthanasia, three people died through physician assisted suicide. The first of these was to be Max Bell, a terminally ill cab driver from Broken Hill. Max Bell did drive his cab from Broken Hill to Darwin to complete the procedure, but no specialist doctor would provide the required confirmation. Max returned home to Broken Hill and died "a natural death" in hospital. Bob Dent, a local Darwin man, became the first to die under the new law the following month.
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In many Aboriginal cultures the term Auntie is used for any older Aboriginal woman, regardless of family relationships, and occasionally tribe. It's a term of respect and endearment
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The Northern Territory passed it's euthanasia laws in 1995. One year later the NT Parliament tried to repeal the bill, but it was defeated. Eventually the bill was over written by The Euthanasia Act 1997, a Federal Government bill.
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Rex's taxi is shown to have South Australian licence plates. Broken Hill, although near the SA/NSW border, and uses South Australian rather than NSW time, would have New South Wales licence plates, especially for a registered business in Broken Hill.
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The football coach is played by Brian Taylor, an ex-footballer and television sports commentator. His voice is also heard on the television when Polly is in Rex's house with her relatives. So Brian Taylor appears in the film twice - firstly as the football coach and then as himself commenting on an football match being played in Victoria.
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Michael Caton's first film role in 11 years.
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The Essendon Football Club that Tilli claimed he had been drafted to was a foundation club for both the VFA (Victorian Football Association) and the splinter group the VFL (Victorian Football League, now known as the Australian Football League or AFL). Currently the Essendon Football Club sponsors several Australian Rules training camps, events, and community engagement programmes in the Northern Territory, as well as sharing their name with the Tiwi Island Bombers.
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