For the first time Queensland Parliament is seeking public views on assisted dying after launching a landmark
parliamentary inquiry into legalisation last September.
Yesterday, Parliament called on all Queenslanders and international experts to share their views on assisted dying now
before submissions close on April 15.
The call for submissions comes as the Western Australia Government plans to introduce a Government Bill to legalise
assisted dying following their own inquiry in 2018 which found assisted dying should be made available for people
experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering from a progressive terminal, chronic or neurodegenerative conditions.
The inquiry also comes as the State of Victoria’s assisted dying laws come in to effect this year and the End of Life
Choice Bill returns to parliament for its second reading later this year, after receiving over 37,000 public
Chair of the Health Committee overseeing the inquiry, Aaron Harper MP says, “Put simply we are looking at three of the
biggest issues that will affect the lives of all Queenslanders - care when we age, care if we become terminally ill, and
having a choice in how and when we die."
Queensland Premiere Annastacia Palaszczuk has also raised the possibility of taking the discussion Australia-wide by
saying she would have the issue added to the Council of Australian Governments national agenda.