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Have your say on developing a legal framework for voluntary assisted dying in Queensland

In March 2020, a Queensland Parliamentary Committee inquiry found that a majority of the Queensland community supports the introduction of voluntary assisted dying legislation in Queensland. The Queensland Law Reform Commission has been asked by the government to develop an appropriate legislative scheme for voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.

The Commission’s task is not to consider whether there should be voluntary assisted dying legislation. In essence, its task is to propose voluntary assisted dying legislation that is compassionate, safe and practical.

The Commission is required to consider: (1) the best legal framework for people who are suffering and dying to choose the manner and timing of their death; (2) who can access voluntary assisted dying; (3) the process for access to voluntary assisted dying to be initiated, granted or denied; (4) the legal and ethical obligations of treating health practitioners; (5) appropriate safeguards and protections, including for treating health practitioners; (6) ways in which compliance with the Act can be monitored; and (7) timeframes for implementation of legislation, if progressed.

The Commission has released a consultation paper (WP No 79) inviting written submissions in response to the questions raised in the paper.

Details on how to make a submission, including a confidential submission, are set out at the front of the paper, which is available at

The closing date for submissions is 27 November 2020.

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Submit your responses now. Closes 27 November 2020, 11.59pm.

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Last updated
 6 November 2020

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