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CWL urges quality palliative care – good terminal illness care will ‘validate the lives of individuals’

QUEENSLAND’S peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life but on providing good-quality palliative care. “We’ve got to stand up for what we believe,” 82-year-old Veronica Box, who is state president of the Catholic Women’s League, said after addressing the Inquiry into Aged Care End-of-Life, Palliative Care ... Read More »

Fr Joseph Parkinson writes taxpayer dollars will be used to fund fatal euthanasia doses

IN just a few weeks’ time the people of Victoria will wake up in a brave new world in which state-subsidised suicide and doctor-affected dying are lawfully practised, despite every other statute in the law book upholding a completely different rule: “thou shalt not kill”. Likewise in Queensland an inquiry is underway to consider following the Victorian Government’s example. The ... Read More »

Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

A SUBMISSION by Queensland’s six Catholic bishops calling for the protection of human dignity is among hundreds received by a parliamentary inquiry considering end-of-life issues including voluntary assisted dying laws. “A law that would allow direct intentional killing (“voluntary assisted dying”), even if only under strict circumstances, opens the way to a culture in which life is disposable,” the bishops ... Read More »

‘Palliative care is the true form of assisted dying’ –anything else is assisted killing

WHEN former Queensland premier Campbell Newman opened up last week about his deep regret over not fighting to legalise voluntary euthanasia, he joined a list of Australian leaders to have publicly entered the end-of-life battleground. In 2016 former prime minister Bob Hawke endorsed voluntary euthanasia after describing how he was “losing his marbles”, and former Northern Territory chief minister Marshall Perron was ... Read More »

Examining euthanasia – good medical practice about ‘facilitating natural death with dignity and peace’

Euthanasia concerns

CATHOLICS have a chance to make known their views on euthanasia as a Queensland parliamentary health committee begins examining ways to ease the pain and suffering of the terminally ill. A year-long “end-of-life” inquiry will not only consider voluntary euthanasia in Queensland, but also has the scope to examine wide-ranging reforms in aged and palliative care. It will also look ... Read More »

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