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Australia Queensland MPs give emotional speeches as voluntary assisted dying bill debate begins

11:51  14 september  2021
11:51  14 september  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Opponents of Queensland ’s proposed voluntary assisted dying laws have tabled 55 separate amendments to the bill ensuring there will be a protracted debate in the state parliament this week. Many MPs shared emotional personal stories during Tuesday’s debate with packets of tissues Labor and Liberal National MPs have been granted a conscience vote. The bill is expected to pass with a comfortable majority but will first have to survive attempted changes. VAD advocates and legal experts – who say the draft laws are “measured” and offer appropriate safeguards – have warned against

Queensland 's proposed voluntary - assisted dying law is set to be debated in state parliament, with the government declaring it won't make last minute changes. The major parties have granted their MPs conscience votes on the bill . The bill needs a majority of 47 votes in Queensland 's 93-seat parliament to pass into law. There is no upper house in Queensland . Mr Miles, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman support the proposed law.

Queensland MPs have fought back tears, detailed personal stories and revealed the "exhausting" experience of weighing up opposing views ahead of a vote on proposed laws to legalise voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in Queensland.

State Parliament has begun debating the bill, which would give a person who is suffering and dying and meets strict eligibility criteria the option to seek medical assistance to end their life.

If it passes, Queensland will become the fifth state to legalise voluntary assisted dying.

Both major parties — Labor and the Liberal National Party — have granted their MPs a conscience vote on the bill.

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Queensland 's proposed voluntary - assisted dying law is set to be debated in state parliament, with the government declaring it won't make last minute changes. The major parties have granted their MPs conscience votes on the bill . The bill needs a majority of 47 votes in Queensland 's 93-seat parliament to pass into law. There is no upper house in Queensland . Mr Miles, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman support the proposed law.

Queensland 's proposed voluntary - assisted dying law is set to be debated in state parliament, with the government declaring it won't make last minute changes. Deputy Premier Steven Miles will lead a parliamentary debate on Tuesday on the proposed law, which would allow terminally-ill people to end their lives. He will tell them a set of clear clinical guidelines will provide certainty for faith-based providers and other objectors. "The government is not proposing amendments and I urge members not to support amendments," Mr Miles will tell parliament.

Calling it a "historic" debate for the state's Parliament, Deputy Premier Steven Miles declared the "time has come" to recognise that Queenslanders who were suffering and dying deserved "to have choice and autonomy about their end of life".

"It comes after decades of advocacy by passionate citizens, themselves carrying the trauma of having watched relatives die in pain, or facing a traumatic death themselves," Mr Miles told Parliament.

He paid tribute to his friend Duncan Pegg, the former member for Stretton, who passed away in June following a battle with cancer.

"He encouraged members to speak, and more importantly to listen, to people with lived experience of terminal illness and their loved ones," Mr Miles said.

"I hope that members of this house will remember the words of their former colleague as they are casting their conscience vote this week."

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Queensland 's proposed voluntary - assisted dying law is set to be debated in state parliament, with the government declaring it won't make last minute changes. The major parties have granted their MPs conscience votes on the bill . The bill needs a majority of 47 votes in Queensland 's 93-seat parliament to pass into law. There is no upper house in Queensland . Mr Miles, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman support the proposed law.

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In his speech, Mr Miles said the "views of 80 per cent of the community shouldn't be ignored" and the bill was the culmination of years of consultation, research and analysis by parliamentary committees and the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

"For me, I don't know if the loved ones I've seen suffer at the end of their lives would have wanted access to voluntary assisted dying," he said.

"I would like them to have known they had a choice."

Steven Miles also announced a clinical guideline would be implemented to give faith-based institutions some certainty about their rights following concerns about their participation.

'Human life is sacrosanct'

Opposition leader David Crisafulli, who held his views close to his chest before today, revealed to Parliament he would not support the bill.

He said it had been an "emotionally exhausting experience weighing up the compelling and heartfelt testimony and submissions of people on both sides of the argument".

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Queensland 's proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has received more than 1,300 public submissions. Those in favour say people who are terminally ill should be able to end their suffering. Concerns have been raised about wording and implications for institutions. More than 1,300 submissions have been made, and this week public hearings are being held in Townsville and Rockhampton. A report is due in August, with MPs granted a conscience vote when the bill returns to parliament. If it passes the legislation will take effect from January 2023.

On 29 November 2017, Victoria became the first Australian state to pass legislation allowing assisted suicide. The law gives anyone suffering a terminal illness, with less than six months to live, the right to end their life. The law had an 18-month implementation period, and came into effect on 19 June 2019.

He said his core beliefs were based on the right of an individual to make a decision in their own interests "free from the influence and obstruction of the state".

"… What has not been obvious, at least to me, is how to reconcile my core beliefs with the impacts of this bill — a human being's right to make decisions about their own life versus the real concerns surrounding the truly voluntary nature of these decisions and, indeed, the intrinsic value and sanctity of human life," he told Parliament.

He told the house he believed the bill "unintentionally, but unavoidably" put a lesser value on the life of the poor, the remote, and the sick, and broke a tenet of society — "that human life is sacrosanct".

"While my heart hurts for people facing great pain and terminal illness, I can't assist them to die via flawed legislation," Mr Crisafulli said.

"I can't support something that offers the assistance of the state to terminate their life, the same state that does not give them the option of specialist palliative care in the same time frame."

Living with 'life-limiting conditions'

While speaking in support of the bill, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath fought back tears, reflecting on her own mother's death from Alzheimer's 15 years ago.

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She noted the eligibility criteria in the bill "probably does not go as far as some would like" and does not cover a variety of conditions such as Alzheimer's.

"I understand that disease," she said, becoming emotional.

"I understand because my mother died of young Alzheimer's. And 15 years on doesn't make it any easier to talk about."

"I know what she would choose, they would choose VAD… but it's not as simple as adding a line and thinking that you have all the answers.

"If you're going to move a substantive amendment like that, there has to be public discussion about how that would work and how that would be assessed.

"Because as a former attorney-general, I know how much elder abuse there is out there, and I know with dementia and Alzheimer patients it's too risky and someone could have that decision taken away from them and it not be truly voluntary."

She said VAD laws would offer further choice and dignity to people who were suffering and dying about the timing and circumstances of their death.

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"For some Queenslanders living with a life-limiting condition, even the best quality palliative care is unable to effectively manage their pain, symptoms or suffering," she said.

"This can be severely distressing for the person and their loved ones."

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Deputy Opposition Leader David Janetzki told the house he had "searched his conscience" and would not support the bill.

He said he accepted many of his constituents would disagree with his opinion and moved a collection of private members' amendments.

The choice to 'die with dignity'

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman voiced her support for the legislation and spoke about how she was 14 when she watched her grandfather suffer from terminal brain cancer.

"I still to this day clearly remember the pain and suffering he endured as he deteriorated towards the end of his life," Ms Fentiman told the house.

"When he was diagnosed, he said to my mum, 'I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of the way in which I will die.'

"My grandad's wish was to die with dignity, but he wasn't given a choice of how, when and where he would die."

"This bill before us, at its heart, is about giving people that choice."

Traeger MP Robbie Katter, who does not support the bill, spoke about the inequities in healthcare and how he believed end-of-life decisions would be faced differently depending on geography.

"Healthcare stats in my electorate – people in very remote areas are 24 per cent more likely to die from cancer," he said.

He said Queensland had "well-established inequalities" in its healthcare system that meant someone living in the city would face different end-of-life decisions compared to someone living in a rural area.

"That would be a completely different decision – and I don't think anyone can get away from that," he said.

'Why would a compassionate society deny that wish?'

Shadow Attorney-General Tim Nicholls became the first LNP MP to deliver a speech in support of the bill and read aloud some of the personal stories from his constituents.

In late May, he conducted a survey of his electorate — more than 1,500 people responded with 88 per cent supportive of it being legalised.

"Many shared their stories," Mr Nicholls said.

"Susan of Ascot: I have secondary breast cancer in my bones, and I'd like to have the choice to end my life if such time that pain was no longer controllable, treatment options were exhausted, and the quality of my life was unliveable.

"I want to be able to die with dignity and still be able to recognise my husband to say goodbye."

Mr Nichols said the bill respected the rights of individuals to participate or not, it protected the vulnerable, it empowered those "who most need it in their dying days" and is compassionate.

"Dying peacefully without pain is one of the most wishful outcomes at the end of our days," he said.

"Why would a compassionate society deny that wish to someone already dying and suffering?"

MPs are expected to vote on the bill on Thursday.

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