The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 tabled in the Queensland Parliament would allow mentally ill people to be killed. It also fails in many other ways, including:
- Health practitioners can initiate euthanasia discussions with a patient
- Patients are not required to see a specialist in the area their suffering
- The Premier wants to change the law to allow suicide to be discussed over the phone or online
- There is no real conscientious objection for health practitioners
- Faith-based hospitals and nursing homes cannot refuse to have their patients euthanised
- Anyone who talks someone out of assisted suicide could face up to 7 years in jail
- There are insufficient mental health checks on patients
- The Qld Government has committed far less money to palliative care than is required
- Death certificates will be falsified to say the person died of the underlying illness or disease—not assisted suicide
The Health and Environment Committee is currently seeking public input into this legislation. Your voice matters to protect the vulnerable!
Please write to the Health and Environment Committee and your State MP to ask them to reject this bill.
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Using the form below, please write an urgent letter to the Health and Environment Committee and your State MP – it will only take a couple of minutes. Be concise and respectful.
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Thank you for speaking up to help protect elderly, sick and vulnerable people.