Queensland Reinstates Death Penalty? MP Approves

Former president of the Australian Medical Association and Opposition MP from Moggill, Christian Rowan, said capital punishment should be considered, keeping in mind the recent terrorism crimes.

“We need strong action against those people, whether Australian born citizens or otherwise, who follow and promote transnational terrorism,” Dr. Rowan told the state parliament in a speech on counter-terrorism laws.

“I certainly support the suspension of privileges, including the right to vote or receive social security or other governmental entitlements, if convicted of terrorism related offences.

“A reintroduced death penalty for certain or specified terrorist acts should also be considered in my view.”

The Federal government officially prohibited capital punishment in 2010.

In April, the AMA noted its opposition to the death penalty.

“While we have a longstanding policy that doctors should not be involved in capital punishment in any way, and that to do so is in direct conflict with a doctor’s duty to serve humanity, we did not have a formal position on the broader, social issue of the death penalty itself (irrespective of the involvement of medical practitioners),” the AMA said at the time.

However, Dr. Rowan’s views had very few takers.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick told the parliament, ”the government, after almost a century since the Labor government abolished the death penalty in Queensland, will not be following down the frolic path, the disgraceful path that the Member for Moggill has now suggested that it now be reintroduced into Queensland.”

Even Dr. Rowan’s friends in the Liberal National Party disagreed with his views.

Speaking to the media, opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said, “He has his view, it’s not the view that’s shared by the LNP, but we have no problem with people advocate their views, but it doesn’t mean they’re able to have their view get majority support.”

“We live in a democratic country where a range of people regardless of their backgrounds have a different range of views”, he added.

“That cuts across a great range of professions and I think that is the great thing about the democracy we have.”

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