Bishop: Premier 'playing with people's emotions'

Bishop Tim Harris (ACBC)

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has criticised Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with people's emotions”, after she promised to rush through euthanasia laws if Labor wins Saturday’s Queensland election. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Bishop Harris described the premier’s move as a “backflip” after she previously committed to draft legislation being prepared by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

“This is clearly a backflip on her commitment that she would wait for the report from the QLRC in March (next year), and I am deeply disturbed and disappointed by this clear election stunt,” Bishop Harris told reporters in Townsville.

“Something as significant as (voluntary assisted dying) needs to be thought carefully through, examined, and that’s what I thought the Government was going to do – in fact she talked about getting it right – well I don’t think she’s got it right.”

Bishop Harris said euthanasia was contrary to Catholic belief of “Thou shalt not kill”.

“It goes completely against the grain – anything to do with suicide, and certainly voluntary assisted suicide,” he said.

“What we want is people who are dying, or in that particular situation, to be surrounded by family and friends, but also to be given the best quality palliative care available

“Our view is that we are pro-life from the beginning to the end and it means accompanying people along the way. So we don’t put down anybody.”

Bishop Harris said allocating much more money to palliative care offered the Government an opportunity to “raise the bar” in delivering the best possible end-of-life care for Queenslanders.


Townsville Bishop calls out Queensland premier’s ‘backflip’ on euthanasia legislation (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader)


Catholic leaders criticise death law (The Australian)

Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge attacks euthanasia law ‘rush’ in Queensland election campaign (The Australian)

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