More promising news today, with Queensland MP Peter Wellington calling for an inquiry into end of life choices.
Posting on his Facebook page, Mr Wellington said:
Taboo Subject Must Be Aired
It is time Queensland Parliament consulted with Queenslanders on the topic of end of life choices for adults including the case of people experiencing unbearable and hopeless suffering as a criteria for requesting help to die.
Once our Governor approves recent changes to the Parliament of Queensland Act so that our parliamentary committees can conduct enquiries on their own initiative, I will ask our Health Committee to hold an enquiry into this important topic.
There is no certainty that the committee will support my request and it is important that people who share my views write to the committee, the particulars are as follows:
Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
BRISBANE QLD 4000
Phone: 07 3553 6626
My proposed terms of reference for the committee inquiry, is that the committee consider and report on the need for laws in Queensland, to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices and in particular-
(1) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, including the role of palliative care;
(2) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions; and
(3) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.
These terms of reference are similar to the Victorian Legislative Council inquiry conducted last year.
I believe there is overwhelming support for adults who are experiencing unbearable and hopeless suffering, to be able to request assistance to die.
Voluntary euthanasia has been a taboo subject for too long and I believe Queenslanders should have their say on this matter.
We applaud Mr Wellington for his announcement, and ask that all supporters who reside in Queensland follow his call to contact the committee.