Which Sunshine Coast politicians support euthanasia?

NICKLIN Independent and Queensland Parliamentary Speaker Peter Wellington would seek to end his own life if confronted with a range of health scenarios and would support changing the law to make that legal.

Mr Wellington's position aligns with that of federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough who said yesterday that in principal he supports Right to Die legislation.

"While I have strong views on euthanasia and the rights of the terminally ill, unless the Government or Opposition get behind it there is no point in a Private Member's Bill,'' Mr Wellington said.

"Given the make-up of this Parliament I don't believe that will happen,'' he said.


Wide Bay MP and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and state LNP representatives Andrew Powell (Glass House), Jarrod Bleijie (Kawana), Steve Dickson (Buderim), Fiona Simpson (Maroochydore) and Glen Elmes (Noosa) all oppose changes to existing legislation.

There have been widespread community calls for legislative change since the deaths of Sippy Downs couple Terry and Jenny Laws who took their own lives 10 days ago in the face of incurable cancer.

Mr Truss said while he could appreciate and empathise with the distress people feel when faced with the suffering of loved ones, he did not support euthanasia and would continue to oppose any moves to make the practice legal.

"The power to legislate on euthanasia rests with the State Governments,'' he said.

The Daily asked all Coast State and Federal MPs to explain "whether they would support the consideration of Right To Die legislation which would allow those with a terminal illness to seek a peaceful and dignified end to their lives through medical intervention".

All said they understood and sympathised with what individuals and families went through.

However they saw effective palliative care as the answer to end-of-life suffering that confront many with terminal illnesses.

Mark McArdle (Caloundra) failed to respond.

A spokesman for federal Fairfax MP Clive Palmer said the matter had yet to be discussed by the Palmer United Party party room.


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