Statement from Robbie Katter MLA regarding proposed Euthanasia Legislation
I am opposed to euthanasia law reform in Queensland.
While myself, and my Katter’s Australian Party colleagues plan to review the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s report into the subject as well as the legislation that will be introduced today, it is highly likely we will be voting against it based on principle.
I am of the belief that creating and preserving life is, and should remain, the most primary endeavour of our society and our governments should reflect this.
It was a dark day in Parliament for all three state KAP MPs when Labor’s limitless abortion laws passed in 2018, and those celebrating in the House caused us even more concern.
While I understand there is great complexity and emotion around issues of life and death, we do not believe the legalisation of suicide (even with the strictest of conditions) is the answer.
The need for a better focus on and improved funding for palliative care services for all Queenslanders through a purpose-built palliative care system has been overlooked as part of the debate around end-of-life.
Palliative Care Queensland, the peak body representing the sector, has decried that current funding arrangements equate to only about 1 per cent of the overall State health budget.
This is grossly inadequate to meet the care needs of dying Queenslanders and their loved ones.
They have requested an additional investment of $275 million per year – around $53 per person – to directly improve the quality of life for terminally-ill Queenslanders of all ages.
Further, in a state with a myriad problems that are as fundamental as access to critical health services like dialysis, CT scanners and mental health support for rural and regional patients, I find it perverse that we are having this debate as those issues continue to fester.
Death will come to us all and it is never easy, but all Queenslanders, including First Australians who overwhelmingly abhor the idea of legalising euthanasia, deserve far better than this.
I understand the right to live, I know in America they have a DNR that needs to be followed without question for those who have a sound mind. Does Australia have DNR? When comes to anyone that has a life terminal illness that may be excruciating pain even with something like Endone shouldn’t they be allowed to die with dignity just like Animals can be Euthanased, because watched my 12 year old dog go through it I knew it was the humane thing to do.
Katter, a Christian, will exercise his own conscience vote just like the horrible Labor Party.Ed
Robbie Katter, instead of trying to impose your ideas on fellow Queenslanders, why don’t you do a poll of your constituents to see what they want. It is a conscience vote, not along party lines. Locally, our local member has done a poll and will vote as the majority wishes.
There is a time to be born and a time to Die!
Taking anyone’s Life is Murder!!!
Yes it is very sad to see the sick suffer!
Good on you Robbie Katter for having the courage to stand up!
I agree with KAP b/c in Victoria euthanasia laws are in place (at the end of December 2019, how convenient) for the Andrews govt, especially when there were more deaths than normal in Victoria’s nursing homes, and that is the reason I believe the Andrews’ govt will never be brought to task on it. It’s a slippery road we travel when playing God with people’s lives imho.
Firstly, what sick, warped individual celebrates the passing of abortion laws?
No Christian that’s for sure.
And Scumbo proclaims to be a Christian but most known that he worships the opposite, as does most of our government.
The truth will set you free but it will piss you off first!
I agree with you & The Katter Party Ed on not supporting Euthanasia. But we all have free will for now.
But the day is approaching where we won’t & I’ll never be prepared for that day.
A hero in my opinion, unafraid to go up against the corrupt that instill these evil laws.
Pharma have already turned Palliative Care via nursing homes into a form of Elder Extermination. It is a form of suicide by indirection. Follow the money. (Hint pensions)
When he is full of cancer, and our law gets passed, he will maybe be denied urgent relieve. It really a religious thing that denies relief to their flock. They shoot horses don’t they.
*Robbie Katter* âwe will be voting against it based on principleâ
Who is we, the Katter Party or the people they are purporting to represent? [image: Untitled.bmp] *PalaChook* states that the Members of Parliament will have a conscious vote.
*When are we going to wake up.* A conscious vote means the
Members or Parliament donât have to vote down Party lines.
This is telling you that these Political Parties dictate how and what their Party Members vote for.
*Wake up people*, Political Parties only represent Members of their own Political Party,
NOT the people of Queensland.
Just another I’ll informed politician who believes that due to their position, their opinion is more important, than most others.
To nurse people through their drying days when they are begging to be “let go” is a profound experience and THEY should have right to make that decision.
I was KAP voter, not anymore.