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Queensland Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Aged Care, Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying

Public hearing in Caloundra

The Queensland Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Aged Care, Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying will hold its first public hearing outside of Brisbane in Caloundra on Friday, May 3 at the CCSA Hall in Nutley St, Caloundra from at 10.30am.

Mark McArdle, the state Member for Caloundra and deputy chair of the Queensland Parliamentary Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee, said the committee inquiry would conduct extensive hearings across the state but Caloundra was the first regional venue where evidence would be taken on aged care, palliative care and voluntary assisted dying.

“Evidence will be taken directly from members of the public at the hearing with all evidence being transcribed by Hansard then used by committee members to formulate their final report, which is due to be tabled in Parliament house on November 30,” Mr McArdle said.

At the hearing, the inquiry will hear from invited witnesses as well as from members of the public who registered their interest in being a witness. This can be done by completing the online form available at https://qldparlcomm.snapforms.com.au/form/caloundra or by phoning Mark McArdle’s office on 3553 6626 or 1800 504 022.

“It is important that people have their say on these very important topics,” Mr McArdle said.

“Importantly people who provide evidence will be given an opportunity to state their position on all three or any of the topics under consideration and then be questioned by members of the committee to tease out further information that will assist in providing a full understanding of people’s experiences and wishes.”

Mr McArdle said as the inquiry was conducted by a committee of the Parliament all formalities concerning the conduct of the meeting would be adhered to.

“This is so evidence given to the committee can be recorded by Hansard, identifying those who provide evidence and ensure evidence can be tabulated and provided to the committee to assist in preparing the final report,” he said.