Since the April update to you, DWDQ has contacted all 30 Queensland federal members of the Lower House and all 168 federal Lower House candidates.
We briefly explained that the Queensland VAD Act (2021) states that VAD is NOT suicide. However, DWDQ believes that the section of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act (amended 2005) which states that it is an offence to use a carriage service “to incite or promote suicide” needs to be amended, in order to remove any uncertainty for health professionals who are prepared to be involved.
We asked the incumbent members and candidates the following:
If you are re-elected/elected, can we count on your support to seek an amendment to this Act?
We asked them to reply to our email with a yes / no / unsure, need more information.
We have received responses from many of the current federal members and also from the candidates of almost all parties.
We would like to thank our members and supporters who replied to our last update and offered to contact the member and candidates in their area. As soon as we have a few more responses, we will let you all know whether the member and candidates are supportive of an amendment or not.
On Wednesday 4 May 2022 the Queensland Government Implementation Team will host an information webinar on the implementation of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland. The information session will start at 12 mid-day and is free to attend.
During the webinar they will answer your questions and discuss:
- Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021
- What will be delivered on 1 January 2023
- Insights from Victoria and Western Australia
- Considerations for implementation
- How to become an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner.
Dying with Dignity Queensland