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VAD law introduced to Queensland Parliament

Euthanasia protesters hold signs opposing voluntary assisted dying legislation outside Queensland parliament in Brisbane.(ABC News: Rachel Riga)

At May 25, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced a bill for voluntary assisted dying (VAD) to Queensland Parliament. At the same time, protesters opposed to the proposed legislation gathered outside the building.

According to the premier, the bill is the result of 12 months of consultation. She said: “The bill implements my government’s commitment to introduce a bill into parliament to give people the choice of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.”

Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) leader Robbie Katter said his party was opposed to the practice of voluntary assisted dying.

You can read the bill below:

What’s next?

The VAD Bill will now go to the Health Committee for a 12 week consultation period before it is debated by MPs in September.┬áThe Premier said Government MPs will be given a conscience vote “when the time comes”.

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