Urgent need for VAD
SEVERAL state MPs attended a forum on voluntary assisted dying held at Parliament House
in Brisbane earlier this week.
The event was organised by the Clem Jones Trust and Dying With Dignity.
Queensland with the support of Speaker Curtis Pitt, and we thank him and those MPs present for their interest. Our forum focused on the urgent need for a State Parliamentary Inquiry to assess expert evidence and sift fact from fiction to help draft new laws.
Queensland is the only state that has not examined VAD through its State Parliament.
The Queensland Government wants to wait and see how Victoria’s VAD law operates after it takes effect.
That means nothing happens here until after
mid-2019 despite the fact a meaningful inquiry would take 12 months at the bare minimum.
Evidence to Victoria’s inquiry showed that at least one person a week took their own life in that state in sometimes horrible, tragic, and dreadfully lonely circumstances because of the absence of VAD as a legal and safe choice.
The situation is likely to be the same in Queensland.
The longer we delay an inquiry and new laws the more people suffer.
There is plenty an inquiry could do right now to examine how VAD laws overseas are working, and plenty of experts whose evidence an inquiry
could consider right now. Sadly, there is also no shortage of challenging personal stories from Queenslanders that an inquiry could hear right now.
— David Muir, Chair Clem Jones Trust