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Qld Euthanasia Law Reform Push Continues

A push for Queensland to consider voluntary assisted dying laws is continuing despite the state government ruling out any move in the short term.

A forum on the issue, to be held at state parliament on Monday, will be opened by Queensland Speaker and Labor government MP Curtis Pitt and feature euthanasia advocates.

One of the guest speakers, Wills and Estates lawyer Rachel Greenslade, said a parliamentary inquiry was needed to examine the issue fairly.

"This is a very emotive issue," she said.

"Until you have experienced watching a loved one deal with a terrible terminal illness it is difficult to relate to this and know how you might feel."

David Muir will also speak in his role as Chair of the Clem Jones trust, which was tasked by the former Brisbane Lord Mayor before his own death with mounting a campaign for voluntary assisted dying law reform.

However the Queensland government has already played down suggestions of action on the issue in this term of government, saying it's concentrating on abortion law reform.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in parliament earlier this month the situation was being monitoring in Victoria, which passed voluntary assisted dying laws last year.

"So we will look very carefully at what is happening," she said.

" think it is something Queenslanders do want to have a conversation about, but in the meantime can I emphasise that our priority in this term is abortion law reform."

Proposed euthanasia laws were considered by NSW in 2017 and South Australia in 2016 but both failed, while the Northern Territory passed laws in 1996 which were later voided by the federal government.

AAP

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