Euthanasia to remain a criminal offence

September 21, 2013 – 12:01AM

Amy Remeikis

 

There will be no changes to euthanasia laws in Queensland.

There will be no changes to euthanasia laws in Queensland. Photo: Jim Rice

Euthanasia laws in Queensland will not change.

Successive petitions asking for assisted suicide or euthanasia have been rejected by the Attorney-General, who acknowledges it as an issue which “polarises” the community.

“At the essence of this debate, is how best to balance the competing values of the desire of individuals to choose to die with dignity when suffering and the need to uphold the inherent right to life of every person,” Mr Bleijie responded.

Under current state law, euthanasia is a criminal offence.

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Under the legislation, palliative care can be given if the incidental effect of providing palliative care is to hasten the other person’s death. But it also makes clear that the provision does not provide any justification for euthanasia.

“The Queensland Government has no plans to make changes to the laws in this regard,” Mr Bleijie said.

The euthanasia debate was last seriously discussed in 2010.

Brisbane Times

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