Eu­thana­sia on La­bor agenda

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

LA­BOR will con­sider the le­gal­is­ing of vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia in Queens­land at its state con­fer­ence this week­end.

Any Queens­land leg­is­la­tion would be mod­elled on re­forms be­ing pur­sued in Vic­to­ria and laws in the US state of Ore­gon.

The guide­lines in­cluded for pro­posed Vic­to­rian laws would re­quire that a pa­tient is to be ex­pected to die within 12 months but still be able to show enough men­tal ca­pac­ity to de­cide to end their life.

The mo­tion is ex­pected to suc­ceed with strong back­ing from La­bor’s dom­i­nant Left fac­tion and with some sup­port from the Right and Old Guard.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said she would “seek the views of Queens­lan­ders” be­fore com­mit­ting to any re­forms.

Among sup­port­ers of the mo­tion is Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart, who said he had changed his po­si­tion.

“I think it’s time Queens­land had a ma­ture dis­cus­sion about this,” he said.

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