/ 17 September 2021

Queensland passes assisted dying laws

Queensland yesterday became the 5th state to give eligible citizens suffering from advanced and progressive conditions the right to choose to end their life after the legislation was passed by the state’s parliament.
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Queensland yesterday became the 5th state to give eligible citizens suffering from advanced and progressive conditions the right to choose to end their life after the legislation was passed by the state’s parliament. Like programs in Victoria, Western Oz, Tassie and South Australia, there are strict criteria to meet. In Queensland, that includes being at least 18yo, having an eligible condition that is advanced, and a prognosis of death within 12 months. With laws passed in every state except NSW, two-thirds of Aussies will have access to assisted dying by the time the Queensland scheme comes into effect in 2023. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the laws give Queenslanders “dignity in death”. 

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