Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied picking a fight with the churches on the contentious issue of euthanasia during the state election campaign. Source: The Australian.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge challenged Ms Palaszczuk to explain why she reneged on a commitment to let the Queensland Law Reform Commission report on draft voluntary assisted dying legislation in March, before it was put to state parliament.
At her campaign launch on Sunday, Ms Palaszczuk made the surprise announcement that, if re-elected, she would move to legalise euthanasia, by introducing legislation in February and bringing forward the QLRC report.
Asked to explain the change on Tuesday, in light of Archbishop Coleridge’s concerns, Ms Palaszczuk said it was only fast-tracked by a matter of weeks.
She said it was a deeply personal issue that people have raised with her.
Asked whether it was wise to pick a fight with the churches on the issue, Ms Palaszczuk denied that’s what was happening. She said she respects the churches and they can “agree to disagree” on many issues.
Ms Palaszczuk has said she would vote for the reform, while Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington has not said where she stands on the issue.
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