Queensland’s Parliament is considering legislation to enable voluntary assisted dying to become a choice available as part of end of life care for Queenslanders.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act was introduced to Queensland Parliament by Yvette D’Ath, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services on 25 May 2021.
The proposed law to allow voluntary assisted dying is expected to be debated by Queensland’s Parliament in September 2021. If passed, voluntary assisted dying will be available from early 2023.
Should the proposed law pass, Queensland will become the fifth state in Australia to make voluntary assisted dying legal.
What issues does the proposed legislation raise, and have all the complexities been given appropriate space in the discussion?
Paul Clark is the host of 96five’s long running At the Top Spots, and takes a look at some of the ethical issues that the proposed legislation raises in his latest series of spots.
He’s also the Lead Minister of Redcliffe Uniting Church and has many years experience providing pastoral care to those at the end of their lives.
You can listen in the audio player below.