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North Queensland bishops say legalised euthanasia without improving palliative care is simply immoral

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris and Anglican North Queensland Bishop Keith Joseph have issued a joint statement criticising the latest push towards euthanasia by the Queensland Parliament. “As a society we rightly detest murder and suicide: for we rightly hold that human life is precious and should be protected,” the bishops said.  “Euthanasia is carried out either by helping someone end ... Read More »

Love conquers death – Queensland bishops face euthanasia inquiry as combined Christian voice

THE deepest expressions of love were found in moments of intense suffering, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge told the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. “Loneliness, depression and acute physical pain are a powerful cocktail which seems to be fuelling the call for euthanasia,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Yet there is a power stronger ... Read More »

Doctors warn legalising euthanasia could target and harm vulnerable older people

DOCTORS have warned the introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws could be used to target vulnerable older people, and put pressure on those who might consider themselves a burden to others. “As a society we should be judged on our support of a sick, vulnerable and frail elderly,” Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Queensland president Dr Chrys Pulle ... Read More »

Ancient stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform on aged care discussions

THE Queensland Government’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care issues and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) provides an opportunity to explore care provision preferences with stakeholder groups.  Two essential voices in this conversation belong to our Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.    These people – my people – have not only survived but also flourished in harsh ... Read More »

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

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LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville has warned Queenslanders of the dangerous long-term consequences for societies that allow euthanasia. As assisted suicide became legal in Victoria last week, Professor Somerville addressed the Cherish Life Queensland annual conference in Brisbane. She posed the question: “We need to ask ourselves: if euthanasia is permitted, how do we think our great-great-grandchildren will die?  “What ... Read More »

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