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Victoria reports ten times as many deaths as anticipated in first 12 months from VAD and euthanasia

While several Australian state’s debate whether to legalise euthanasia, the state of Victoria, where voluntary assisted dying (VAD) was legalised a year ago has reported more than ten times the anticipated number of deaths. Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board reported 124 deaths by assisted suicide and euthanasia during its first year, a result Victoria’s bishops said was “not a ... Read More »

Two Queensland minor parties won’t budge on blocking proposed euthanasia laws

TWO of Queensland’s small parties could prevent euthanasia becoming law if a minority government is voted in at the coming state election on October 31. Both One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party say they won’t join moves to legalise voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill (VAD), because it would distract from the bigger issues of dealing with the impact ... Read More »

Jackie Trad leading renewed push for euthanasia in Queensland

man dies in hospital

THERE is a renewed push to introduce voluntary euthanasia in Queensland, just as a politician in The Netherlands has proposed a long-awaited bill to offer healthy Dutch people over-75s the right to ask to die. Former treasurer Jackie Trad, now backbencher and a key supporter of voluntary euthanasia, has told The Australian newspaper voters deserved to know where the major ... Read More »

Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term  – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill needs “further, careful consideration”. The Premier’s decision means voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation will not go before lawmakers before Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. Instead, Ms Palaszczuk ... Read More »

Australian ethicists concerned by euthanasia law, judgments

man dies in hospital

RECENTLY the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that doctors could carry out a euthanasia request even if their patient developed severe dementia and could no longer express an explicit wish to die. The ruling was sparked by the case of a 74-year-old woman who was euthanised in a nursing home in 2016 after developing advanced dementia. The woman had written a ... Read More »

Twelve euthanasia deaths predicted in first year, but Victoria had counted 52 deaths in six months

VICTORIAN authorities have recorded 52 deaths in the first six months since euthanasia became available in the state. The government had expected one death per month, but were instead counting two deaths per week between June 19 and December 31. Of those 52 people who died, 43 people swallowed the fatal medication themselves and nine people had their doctor administer ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop says Church will never accept assisted suicide because it is intentional killing

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has spoken out strongly against euthanasia and defended comments he made likening a push to allow voluntary assisted dying in Queensland to “a mentality that existed in Nazi Germany”. Bishop Harris said it was an important time to have a conversation on the “grim” topic following the Queensland Government’s committee hearings, which could result in new ... Read More »

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