- Brisbane NewsPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk to Introduce Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation to Parliament
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to Introduce Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation to Parliament
"This is a choice"
Queensland will hope to become the next state to change the laws around voluntary assisted dying.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that her MP's will be given a conscience vote on proposed voluntary assisted dying laws when she introduces a bill into parliament next week.
Palaszczuk is calling for a respectful discussion on what might not be the right choice for everyone, but it's about empowering those who may need to make a tough decision.
"I have made up my mind based on what I have seen, and those experiences, and like I said this is a choice, and it's not going to be the right choice for a lot of people, but it's going to be an option there for people."
The bill has been drawn up by the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) after extensive consultations with health professionals, religious bodies, members of the public, and organisations sitting on either side of the debate.
The QLRC has recommended that access to voluntary assisted dying should only be applicable to people who have an eligible condition which has progressed and expected to cause death within 12 months, be acting voluntarily to and without coercion to make the decision, be at least 18 years of age, and fulfil a residency requirement.
It is expected if the bill is passed in September, it will be implemented by January 2023.
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