Voluntary assisted dying inquiry
PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk should be congratulated for backing a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying law reform.
It is hoped the inquiry can start as soon as possible to ensure we offer a choice to the terminally ill who find themselves suffering with no prospect of relief as they approach the end of their life.
Queenslanders must now be on guard against the myths and fictions that will be spread by the small and unrepresentative number of people who oppose this long-overdue law reform.
Those who want to deny the terminally ill the option of voluntary assisted dying will claim palliative care is sufficient even though it is not a case of “one or the other”.
Palliative care and voluntary assisted dying can co-exist and be offered as options for those who should have the right to make their own free choice.
Victoria and jurisdictions around the globe have proved it is possible to deliver law reforms that provide for a workable and regulated framework for voluntary assisted dying.
Now it is Queensland’s turn to examine similar reforms to address this significant social issue, which has wide and deep community support.
Professional market research recently commissioned and released by the Clem Jones Trust and Dying With Dignity Queensland shows support for voluntary assisted dying at close to 80 per cent.
The results show opponents are well and truly in the minority.
But that will not stop them making inflammatory, misleading, and false claims in their bid to deny the terminally ill a choice.
Queenslanders need to be alert to such blatant misrepresentations in coming weeks and months. — David Muir Chair, the Clem Jones Trust