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Ambassadors lead call for law reform.

 

The vast majority of Australians support the Dying with Dignity NSW Mission to achieve law reform that entitles a mentally competent adult experiencing unrelievable suffering from a terminal or incurable illness to receive medical assistance to end their life peacefully, if that is what he or she wants. A responsible Act of Parliament will enable that right, with safeguards.

Dying with Dignity NSW says to the Parliament “Let’s Get on with it“. Our current laws lag behind the will of the people.

This issue concerns democracy, human rights and compassion for those who are suffering.  It is time for our elected representatives to act.

Following are details of high-profile Australians who have put up their hands to say that they support this law reform.

Meet our Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Dr Francis Macnab  AM
Dr Francis Macnab AM
Executive Minister, St Michael's on Collins
Dr Anne Summers  AO
Dr Anne Summers AO
Journalist, Author
Joy Chambers Grundy
Joy Chambers Grundy
Author, Businesswoman
Julian Burnside  AO
Julian Burnside AO
Barrister, Author
Coral Levett  MACN
Coral Levett MACN
Federal President Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Dr Rosemary Jones
Dr Rosemary Jones
Gynaecologist, FRCOG
Jane Caro
Jane Caro
Novelist, author, social commentator and broadcaster
Judith McGrath
Judith McGrath
Actress
Prof George Hampel  QC
Prof George Hampel QC
Retired Supreme Court Judge (Vic)
Greg Combet  AM
Greg Combet AM
Director Chifley Research Centre, former Australian Government Minister and ACTU Secretary
Dr Rodney Syme
Dr Rodney Syme
Urologist, Surgeon
Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams
Journalist, Broadcaster
Peter Hardham
Peter Hardham
Lawyer, Human Rights Advocate, Former Ombudsman
Assoc Prof Helga Kuhse
Assoc Prof Helga Kuhse
Philosopher, Bioethics Researcher
Dick Smith  AO
Dick Smith AO
Australian of the Year 1987, Entrepreneur, Adventurer
David Williamson
David Williamson
Playwright
Tracey Spicer
Tracey Spicer
Newsreader, Journalist
Hon Elizabeth Evatt  AC
Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC
Former Judge and Human Rights Activist
Prof George Williams
Prof George Williams
Anthony Mason Professor of Law, University of NSW
Paul McDermott
Paul McDermott
Comedian
Layne Beachley  AO
Layne Beachley AO
Surfing Legend, Mentor for Women in Sport
Prof John Spicer
Prof John Spicer
Adjunct Prof Microbiology and Medicine, Monash University; Assoc Prof Dorovitch Pathology
Tamara Fraser  AO
Tamara Fraser AO
Founding President, The Australia Fund
Bettina Arnt
Bettina Arnt
Therapist, Author
Prof Dennis Altman  AM
Prof Dennis Altman AM
Professorial Fellow in Human Security, Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University
Mary Kostakidis
Mary Kostakidis
Journalist, Speaker, Former SBS News Presenter
Greg Barnes
Greg Barnes
Barrister, Columnist
Dr Leslie Cannold
Dr Leslie Cannold
Bioethicist, Researcher, Writer
Kirsten Drysdale
Kirsten Drysdale
Journalist and Writer
Robert Richter  QC
Robert Richter QC
Barrister, Human Rights Promoter
Marshall Perron
Marshall Perron
Former Chief Minister, NT
Hon John Dowd  AO  QC
Hon John Dowd AO QC
Educator, Retired Supreme Court Judge (NSW)
Kirk Pengilly
Kirk Pengilly
INXS Rock Band Legend
Peter Cundall  AM
Peter Cundall AM
Former Host, ABC 'Gardening Australia'
Janet Holmes á Court  AC
Janet Holmes á Court AC
Businesswoman
Prof Merrilyn Walton
Prof Merrilyn Walton
Prof. Medical Education
Bob Brown
Bob Brown
Former Senator & Greens Leader
Hon Ian Macphee  AO
Hon Ian Macphee AO
Former Minister, Federal Government
Prof Rob Moodie
Prof Rob Moodie
Prof. of Global Health, Nossal Institute for Global Health
Hilary McPhee  AO
Hilary McPhee AO
Writer, Editor, Feminist, Human Rights Advocate
Prof Malcolm Parker
Prof Malcolm Parker
Prof. of Medical Ethics, Health Law & Ethical Practice
Ross Fitzgerald (AM)
Ross Fitzgerald (AM)
Emeritus Professor of History & Politics at Griffith University
Henry Bosch  AO
Henry Bosch AO
Former Chairman NCSC
Prof Simon Chapman  AO
Prof Simon Chapman AO
Public Health Researcher & Advocate
Peter Couchman
Peter Couchman
Journalist, Writer
Ron Merkel  QC
Ron Merkel QC
Retired Federal Court Judge
Rev Trevor Bensch
Rev Trevor Bensch
Minister of Religion
Ron Barassi
Ron Barassi
Football legend
Prof Emeritus John Willoughby
Prof Emeritus John Willoughby
School of Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre
Andrew Denton
Andrew Denton
Broadcaster, Journalist, Producer
Dr Edward Brentnall
Dr Edward Brentnall
Retired Emergency Services Director
Ian Wood
Ian Wood
Co-founder, Christians for VE Choice
John Greenwell
John Greenwell
Former Deputy President, Australian Law Reform Commission
Eve Mahlab  AO
Eve Mahlab AO
Lawyer, Businesswoman & Chairwoman of the Australian Women Donors Network
Dr Anne Deveson  AO
Dr Anne Deveson AO
Writer, Broadcaster, Documentary Maker
Prof David Kelly
Prof David Kelly
Former Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission
Prof Lyn Carson
Prof Lyn Carson
University of Sydney Business School
Amanda Lohrey
Amanda Lohrey
Novellist, Essayist
Catherine Deveny
Catherine Deveny
Writer, Humorist
Val Morgan
Val Morgan
Media & Cinema Legend
Denise Drysdale
Denise Drysdale
TV Personality
Prof Nick Crofts
Prof Nick Crofts
Medical Epidemiologist & Researcher
Prof Peter Baume  AC
Prof Peter Baume AC
Former Senator & Chancellor ANU
Prof Peter Singer  AC
Prof Peter Singer AC
Philosopher, Ethicist
John Bell  AO
John Bell AO
Actor, Theatre Director
Hon Steph Key  MP
Hon Steph Key MP
Member SA Parliament
Max Gillies  AM
Max Gillies AM
Actor & TV Performer, National Treasure
Prof the Hon Gareth Evans  AM  QC
Prof the Hon Gareth Evans AM QC
International policy maker, former Australian Government Minister
Ambassadors