Queensland LNP leader sidesteps euthanasia question

Deb Frecklington (ABC News/Chris Gillette)

Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington has refused to say whether she personally supports euthanasia but says no one should have to die in pain. Source: The Australian.

The Opposition Leader, who has promised to grant her MPs a conscience vote on euthanasia should laws come before the House, said it was a deeply personal issue.

On Sunday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the surprise announcement at her election campaign launch that Labor would introduce legislation to legalise euthanasia in February. The Queensland Law Reform Commission is currently conducting a review of the issue.

Ms Frecklington said she would wait to see the response from the commission.

Pressed on whether she supported the premise of euthanasia, regardless of any laws, Ms Frecklington said she believed no one should have to die alone or in pain.

She also said the party would review the gestational limits in Queensland’s abortion laws, which currently allows a woman to request a termination for any reason up until 22 weeks.

Ms Palaszczuk yesterday confirmed she would vote to legalise voluntary assisted dying if her Labor government wins a third term at the October 31 election.


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Queensland Christian leaders shocked and disappointed by government decision to fast-track euthanasia laws (The Catholic Leader)

Queensland election: Religious leaders cry betrayal on euthanasia (The Australian

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