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Voluntary Assisted Dying was introduced into Queensland Parliament by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday, 25 May.
In introducing the VAD Bill, the Premier said “The path to this day has been long and considered, and paved with reverence and respect.
"Many Queenslanders who have watched a loved one suffer feel passionately that there must be dignified options available to everyone," the Premier said.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the draft bill included safeguards to protect both those who seek to use voluntary assisted dying and medical practitioners and entities asked to participate in the process.
“These laws are being developed at the same time as we’re advancing our election commitment to invest $171 million to deliver more palliative care options across Queensland,” Ms D’Ath said.
“Under the draft laws, more than one medical opinion is needed. A person must have an eligible condition and decision-making capability.
“The draft bill also contains provisions for medical practitioners to conscientiously object.”
The VAD Bill is now in the hands of the Health Committee for a 12 week consultation period before it will be debated by MPs in September.
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