Opposition Leader to vote against assisted dying bill

Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli (Catholic Leader)

Labor's voluntary euthanasia bill will pass in Queensland's Parliament tomorrow with the support of up to nine Liberal National Party politicians and despite the opposition of their leader, David Crisafulli. Source: The Australian.

Mr Crisafulli had repeatedly refused to reveal his position on the issue until debate began in parliament yesterday when he revealed he did not support terminally ill people’s right to die.

The Gold Coast-based MP said he could not support “flawed legislation” that allowed people to ­access assisted dying before they qualified for specialist palliative care services in the public system.

He told parliament that he believed the bill, unintentionally, but unavoidably, puts a lesser value on the life of the poor, the remote, the sick.

Mr Crisafulli said the more than 50 amendments moved by his deputy, David Janetzki, would “make it a much better bill” but he would still not vote in favour of voluntary euthanasia if they were adopted.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk denied that cabinet considered tweaking the laws to appease religious-run hospitals and aged-care homes, which will be forced to facilitate assisted dying on site when patients are too sick to be transferred.

It is understood cabinet did consider amending the bill, with some ministers sympathising with faith-based organisations, but on Monday decided to debate the legislation in its original form. It did, however, release proposed clinical guidelines that address concerns of private hospitals and aged-care homes

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Queensland LNP leader to vote against voluntary euthanasia (By Lydia Lynch, The Australian)

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