Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 29 August 2021, where you can catch up on the latest secular-related news from around the country.
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At the National Level
Around the Country
QLD: Catholic hospitals have vowed to resist allowing doctors to enter their premises to administer end-of-life drugs if Queensland MPs support the introduction of euthanasia laws next month. (The Catholic Leader)
QLD: Specialised palliative care provider the Toowoomba Hospice has taken a stand against the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill that's to be debated by Queensland parliament. (The Chronicle; Paywalled)
QLD: A Bargara woman is calling on Queensland politicians to abstain from voting if they don't support the proposed assisted dying legislation; the Member for Bundaberg used a forum to explain why he's supporting it. (7 News)
NSW: Thirty adults have been fined after travelling from COVID-19 hotspot suburbs to attend an illegal church gathering in Sydney’s west, hours after the pastor led a prayer for an end to lockdowns. (SMH)
TAS: The Tasmanian Government decision to foster greater LGBTIQ+ inclusion in Tasmanian schools with a budget allocation of almost half a million dollars has been welcomed by LGBTIQ+ community leaders. (Out in Perth)
WA: West Australian Upper House MP Nick Goiran has claimed that support for VAD legislation in the state was won through repeated personal attacks and media vilification against opponents of proposed euthanasia laws. (The Epoch Times)
TAS: Amid calls for reform, a Tasmanian conversion therapy survivor speaks out. (The Examiner)
Commentary and Analysis
Events and Advisories
Make a submission to the parliamentary enquiry into NT Senator Sam McMahon's Ensuring Northern Territory Rights Bill 2021. Submissions close Monday 30th August.
Dying With Dignity NSW has a tool that makes it easy for people to contact their federal MPs and senators to request help in repealing the "Andrews Bill", the 1997 legislation which denies the Territories the right to pass legislation on Voluntary Assisted Dying.