NLP backs Queensland euthanasia vote

Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli reiterated his support for a conscience vote on assisted dying.

The state could become the fourth to legalize euthanasia, with Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk saying proposed laws to be presented to parliament this week are aimed exclusively at those suffering or dying.

Mr Crisafulli says he will approach the debate with an open mind and that is “exactly what I ask of my team”.

“This is a serious problem and it deserves a serious answer,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“When I speak of a vote of conscience, I mean it. I’m not talking about the kind of conscience vote where people are overwhelmed and there will be people leaning over other people’s shoulders.

Mr Crisafulli also said he did not expect his own position on the issue to become an indicator for his colleagues in the TNL.

“Whatever decision I make, I don’t want to see people following this like a conga line,” he said.

“I want people to treat this with respect. I know the passion exists on both sides. I have seen it and I respect it.”

Ms Palaszczuk, a Catholic, said last week that she would allow her own MPs to vote according to their conscience after witnessing the slow and painful deaths of her grandmother and uncle.

“It’s a choice, and it won’t be the right choice for a lot of people, but it has to be an option for people and far from me to make that individual choice about how a person wishes to end. to her days., “she said.

The Greens and independent MP Sandy Bolton support euthanasia, but Katter’s Australian party will oppose it.

One Nation MP Stephen Andrew plans to study the bill before making a decision.

Under the bill, patients must have an illness, disease or medical condition that is advanced, progressive and will result in death.

Their condition is to be expected to cause death within 12 months and cause “intolerable” suffering.

Patients should be assessed for voluntary and unconstrained action, at least 18 years of age and residing in Queensland.

They will also have to make three requests over a period of at least nine days.

Healthcare professionals should tell applicants that they can change their mind at any time.

The bill will be debated in September and, if passed, a system of euthanasia will be in place by May 2022.

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