Debate begins over Queensland voluntary assisted dying bill

A debate has begun on a historic voluntary assisted dying legislation in Queensland, with MPs set to be given a conscience vote for the controversial bill.

The debate for the bill, drawn up by the Queensland Law Reform Commission, comes after three years of widespread community consultation and, if passed, the Sunshine State will become the fifth state to introduce voluntary assisted dying laws.

However, there are concerns voluntary assisted dying will take the place of palliative care, which is underfunded in the state, as well as fears the systems in place could be abused.

Thus far, 43 of the state’s 93 MPs have signalled their intention to vote in support of the bill.