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Severe shortage of doctors for Australia’s terminally ill patients, ACU study

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AUSTRALIA has only half the number of palliative care doctors needed to provide good quality care for chronically and terminally ill patients despite increasing demand, a new academic study has found. Published in the midst of Australia’s hotly contested end-of-life debate, the study by the PM Glynn Institute at Australian Catholic University (ACU), is significant because its bolsters the Catholic ... Read More »

Peak body for Catholic health lodges submission opposing voluntary assisted dying

THE Queensland Government’s controversial election promise to fast-track euthanasia legislation early next year is coming under increasing pressure. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shocked Church leaders and other opponents of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) by announcing at Labor’s campaign launch on October 18 that legislation would be introduced next February if the Government was returned. By advancing the timeframe, the Premier has ... Read More »

Townsville bishop sends clear message to MPs on euthanasia

EUTHANASIA legislation is a top priority for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk but the rushed promise needs to get past Townsville Bishop Tim Harris first. The North Queensland bishop told The Catholic Leader he believed the returned Queensland Labor Government was “helping to facilitate a culture of death” with the promise to introduce voluntary assisted suicide legislation in February. “We’re now ... Read More »

Queensland’s slippery slope towards euthanasia

QUEENSLAND is on a precarious path to legalise euthanasia after Labor’s election win. Premier Annastacia Palaczszuk, returned to office after gaining a majority of seats at the October 31 poll, is promising to fast-track voluntary assisted dying legislation and allow MPs a conscience vote in state parliament next February. Making euthanasia a priority issue surprised many Queenslanders including church leaders ... Read More »

Expert panel tackle philosophical issues of voluntary assisted dying

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A PANEL of experts delves deep into the complex, tricky and deeply philosophical issues underpinning voluntary assisted dying, that MPs could voted into law in Queensland early next year. A YouTube video of their discussion is compelling viewing for anyone wanting to understand the case against euthanasia fully, especially since Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week announced that legislation to allow ... Read More »

Indigenous community in far north Queensland says euthanasia is against Aboriginal culture

MANY indigenous Queenslanders hold grave concerns about voluntary assisted dying (VAD), finding it frightening and at odds with their culture, according to Church leaders. If Queensland politicians pass VAD laws, Townsville Bishop Harris has warned fear of euthanasia would weaken cultural ties and “lead to indigenous people shying away from medical help when it’s needed, particularly in remote regions”. After ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop calls out Queensland premier’s ‘backflip’ on euthanasia legislation

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has added to the voice of Queensland Church leaders by criticising Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with peoples’ emotions”, after she promised to rush through Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation if Labor wins the state election on October 31. Ms Palaszczuk used a campaign launch on October 18 to announce Labor would fast-track VAD legislation by introducing ... Read More »

Queensland Christian leaders shocked and disappointed by government decision to fast-track euthanasia laws

LEADERS of Queensland’s largest Christian churches are shocked and disappointed after the Queensland Premier revealed a Labor plan to fast-track voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation if it wins the state election on October 31.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used Labor’s election launch on October 18, a day before early voting started, to promise she would introduce legislation into Parliament in February ... Read More »

Bishops write letter to Queenslanders stressing the sanctity of human life

SIX of Queensland’s Catholic bishops have written a pastoral letter warning of the consequences of legalising euthanasia. The letter, to all Catholic Queenslanders and the wider community, stresses the sanctity of life and recognising that all of creation is sacred. “Societies in which life is cheap suffer from many maladies and injustices,” the bishops said.  With Queensland gearing up for ... Read More »

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