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Qld govt moves on abortion, not euthanasia

The Queensland government will look carefully at the result of voluntary euthanasia laws in Victoria, but will prioritise abortion law reform in this term of government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was quizzed on the issue in question time in state parliament by independent MP Sandy Bolton, who asked whether the government would have an inquiry into introducing assisted dying laws.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was watching the Victorian situation closely, however was also waiting on the Law Reform Commission's report into abortion, which was the major reform priority for Labor before the next election in 2020.

"I saw my grandfather pass away from cancer, I have seen friends pass away as well, we want to make sure their last journey is a peaceful and safe one," Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday

"So we will look very carefully at what is happening in Victoria, I 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."

It comes after the premier this year ruled out looking at the issue in 2018, after the multi-million dollar estate left by former Brisbane lord mayor Clem Jones announced it would be backing a campaign to push for assisted dying laws in the state.

Assisted dying laws passed in Victoria late last year.

People applying to use the scheme must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind.

Abortion law reform was on Queensland Labor's agenda in its first term of government, with the procedure still a criminal offence in the state, although the matter was delayed in the hung parliament.

There are estimates one in 25 Queensland women has to travel interstate for a termination.

© AAP 2018