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No changes to voluntary euthanasia bill, set to become law this week

“We will not tolerate non-credentialled doctors coming on site, nor will we assist in the provision of voluntary assisted dying in any of our facilities.”

St Vincent’s Health Australia chief executive Toby Hall shared similar concerns.

“Allowing unaccredited doctors to enter hospital rooms, with no notice or permission needed, to assist in a medical procedure to help a patient die is a radical and dangerous undermining of patient safety and should be rejected.”

Queensland would become the fifth state to pass such laws, after a years-long process advocates now fear may lead to concessions around religious-run institutions’ rights to conscientiously object.

The South Australian government passed VAD laws that included a right for private-run facilities to opt out of allowing the procedure entirely, provided steps also taken to transfer the patient.

Laws in Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria – the only state in which they are operational – only deal with objections by individual health professionals.

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The final decision on the Queensland bill will come in the form of a rare conscience vote given to MPs from both major parties, not seen since the successful abortion laws in 2018.

A parliamentary committee recommended the bill pass as-written, suggesting only that the Commonwealth ensure doctors giving advice to regional residents are not exposed to federal laws.

In his report, LNP MP Mark Robinson, a devout Christian, said if the bill were to pass it should be amended to allow health practitioners who object to also refuse to refer patients to someone who would provide the service.

Mr Robinson was joined by fellow LNP MP Christian Rowan at a weekend rally against the laws. Party leader David Crisafulli has so far declined to say how he plans to vote.

Logan Labor MP Linus Power spoke of the bill’s “unintended consequences” at his party’s state conference in June.

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