Petition update


Tanya Battel

Oct 11, 2020 — 

The right of an individual to access Voluntary Assisted Dying is not something you think about unless and until you have nursed a loved one through an incurable/terminal illness and witnessed firsthand the dreadful suffering of that loved one or if you have been diagnosed yourself with a terminal illness - for which there is no cure - and you have the awful challenge of knowing that longevity is not an option and what is ahead is not something you want to experience. We all want to live!  The majority of us agree to enter the "in between stage" - that is all that comes after a diagnosis, i.e. the treatments that will "buy us time" - if there are treatment options.  Then there comes the time when we run out of options.  To know that you have the voluntary option to a peaceful death and avoid prolonging suffering, when it gets to that stage, brings great peace of mind to many - it would to me.

The future of Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in Qld is now dependent on the outcome of the Qld State Election.  I'm not a political animal - I didn't know much at all about politics until I committed to advocating for "VAD" Legislation - but trust me when I say that whether Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation sees the light of day in Qld is VERY political and it will depend on who you vote for.  I don't profess to understand all the mechanics of how voting works - preferences - who does what, etc.  What I do know is that two Parties have an actual "VAD" Policy - the ALP (Labor) and The Greens.  The Qld election also is seeing "Independents" vie for seats so it's important to understand what their views are.  Sandy Bolton MP of Noosa is a huge supporter of VAD.

The Recommendations from the Qld End of Life Choices Inquiry saw the current government send them to the Qld Law Reform Commission to review draft legislation.  This is due for release in March 2021. Should the LNP gain power, they will bury "VAD" - their Policy is to oppose VAD.  One Nation have recently stated that they would not seek to put "VAD" on their Legislative Agenda.

So if Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in QLD is important to you, vote for those Parties who do have a Party "VAD" Policy - this includes any Independent who supports VAD. At this point the progress of VAD sits with Labor and the Greens.  It's great that local candidates from a range of Parties may come out personally in support but it's who has the power to do what! 

"How to vote cards" are always distributed - remember that who puts who last is info put out by that Party.  As an individual you choose whoever you wish but it's important to number all boxes in the order of your preference.

Victoria:  tick; Western Australia:  tick; Tasmania:  hopefully ...  Qld:  depends on the outcome of the election ...

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