On 25th May, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 into the Queensland Parliament.
The path to this day has been long and considered.
I am honoured to Chair the Health Committee again, in which the previous Parliamentary Committee held 40 Public Hearings across Queensland and received close to 5000 submissions over an 18 month period.
The Health Committee managed a very emotive and extensive consultation process on Voluntary Assisted Dying, along with Aged Care, End of Life and Palliative Care and the Reports on these inquiries were tabled on 31st March 2020.
This Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was drafted by the Queensland Law Reform Commission. I encourage people to read the QLRC Summary Report on this important issue, available at: www.qlrc.qld.gov.au
I commend the Queensland Law Reform Commission for their extensive work in providing the legal framework in this Bill.
This Bill has come before the Health Committee again for final scrutiny and members of the public will have another opportunity to provide submissions.
More information is available at: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/bills-and-legislation/current-bills-register
I will be hosting a Webinar, at 5.30pm on Thursday 8th July with guest panelists to discuss the clauses within this Bill.
Join us by registering at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7qYTzaLiRFKtSsrXr0K_EQ