Queensland Labor to introduce assisted dying laws in 2021

On Sunday 18 October 2020 Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, used her election campaign launch to announce that a re-elected Labor government would table voluntary assisted dying legislation in February 2021.

It was a calculated announcement that elevated the issue of assisted dying law reform at a key point in the election due to the contrasting position of the Liberal National Party.

Labor won the election on 31 October and although support for VAD is party policy all MP’s will be granted a conscience vote when the legislation is debated in early 2021.