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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

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 »

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 »

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