Your local MP’s position on the euthanasia vote


Queensland MPs have spoken of the heartbreaking loss of loved ones and the weight of their decision to support or oppose voluntary assistance in dying in the next historic vote in parliament.

Labor Ministers Leanne Linard and Meaghan Scanlon shared the pain of the loss of parents, with Ms Scanlon saying the loss meant she would support the laws of the VAD, while Ms Linard was one of dozens to have called on their communities to contact them to let them know their wishes.

“For me, this is a deeply personal issue. I lost both of my parents to terminal illnesses in my twenties,” Ms. Linard said.

Labor Minister Leanne Linard wants to hear her constituents’ views on voluntary assisted dying laws. Image: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

“Earlier this year, I appealed to people in my constituency to share their stories. Almost 500 people responded.

“These are powerful stories. They make us face our own mortality and question our role in any decision-making on the issue.

“It is the power of their experiences and their stories and my own conscience that will inform my decision in September.”

Ms Scanlon said she appreciates everyone with deeply personal opinions, but said she couldn’t deny the relief or empowerment of the dying.

“I lost my father to cancer when I was a teenager,” she said.

“When you watch someone you love go through a long, exhausting and painful battle like this, it can’t help but frame your understanding and empathy for those who die in pain.

“Many Queenslanders have experienced the incredible pain of seeing someone they love suffer in their last days and weeks.”

NLP health spokesperson Ros Bates encouraged her community to contact her to share her experience as a former nurse.

“I have held the hands of many patients leaving this life and I have always made sure that no one in my care or family member died alone, in pain or fear,” she said.

The majority of LNP MPs said they were reading the report, consulting their communities or waiting for the outcome of the parliamentary committee’s investigation into the legislation before announcing their intentions.

LNP MPs Brent Mickelberg and Michael Hart were the only two LNP MPs to openly support VAD in principle, although the two have yet to make their decision.

Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch, who will vote yes, said many families, including her own, have seen loved ones face end-of-life challenges.

“It’s heartbreaking, painful and confronting our sense of dignity,” she said.

Regional Development Minister Glenn Butcher said he heard from many in his community “who have seen loved ones lying in hospital beds, breathless and terminally ill, knowing their lives will end” and that he would support the laws.

“They are going through this situation in a terrible and painful way, and the family has to sit there and watch them suffer for days, sometimes weeks,” he said.

While a number of Labor MPs have already decided how they will vote, others have yet to consult with their constituents.

MP Cooper Jonty Bush said she personally supports euthanasia, but was elected to represent people living in her electorate.

“Since my election, I have actively solicited the views of residents on this issue, through an online survey, phone calls, mobile offices and door locks,” she said.

LNP MP Brent Mickelberg supports voluntary assisted dying legislation in principle.  Image: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

LNP MP Brent Mickelberg supports voluntary assisted dying legislation in principle. Image: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

“An overwhelming majority (over 90 percent of responses recorded) support a voluntary assisted dying framework for Queensland.

“Although I cannot imagine that this trend is changing now with the introduction of the bill… I think it is important that people have time to read the bill and the CRQQ report and get back to me. with their comments.

Brittany Lauga, MK for Keppel, who was previously undecided, said she would support the laws after reading the bill and the CRQQ report.

Opposition MP Jim McDonald said voluntary assisted dying was “a personal and sensitive matter”, noting that his experiences as a police officer had “exposed me a lot to life and death” .

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said the bill chose to change the “very values ​​that hold our society together” and pledged to look at the issue as part of the committee process.

“Euthanasia evokes strong and sincere views on both sides of the argument,” he said.

“It is complex and could have unintended consequences.”

Currumbin MP Laura Gerber said she believed “no one should die alone or in pain”.

“Now my community of Currumbin can see the legislation that I will listen to, engage and make sure I hear both sides of the debate,” she said.

“I will decide if I can support the legislation on behalf of the people of Currumbin after consulting widely.”

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, who will vote no, said: “A good VAW bill would eliminate suffering by imposing high levels of palliative treatment so that people with terminally ill receive the benefits. proper care, dignity and the pain relief they crave. ”

The two Green MPs will vote for, while the three MPs from Katter’s Australian party will vote against the laws, with KAP leader Robbie Katter saying he believes creating and preserving life should be “the most important effort Of our society”.

Originally published as Your local MP’s position on the euthanasia vote


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