Ambassadors for law reform

We as Ambassadors for law reform say:

For decades the majority of Australians have believed that those who are suffering intolerably from a terminal or advanced stage of an incurable illness should have the legal right to request and obtain medical assistance to end their lives with dignity.

Today, 85% of Australians believe it should be a fundamental right. A responsible Act of Parliament will enable that right, with safeguards.

We say to the Parliament, Let’s Get on with it. Legislation lags behind the will of the people. Bring this issue to a conscience vote and demonstrate that this is an enlightened society.

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Philip Adams
Journalist, broadcaster

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Yvonne Allen
HR consultant

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Lyn Allison
Former Senator

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Prof. Dennis Altman AM
Professor of Politics, La Trobe Uni.

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Valma Angliss AM
Founding member ISPO

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Bettina Arndt
Therapist, author

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Rev. Gordon Bannon
Minister of religion

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Ron Barassi AM
Football legend

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Greg Barns
Barrister, columnist

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Prof. Peter Baume AC
Former Senator, former Chancellor ANU

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Layne Beachley
Surfing legend

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Prof. David Beanland AO
Retired Vice-Chancellor RMIT

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Frances Bedford MP JP
SA State Member for Florey

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John Bell AO
Actor, theatre director

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Casey Bennetto
Writer & performer

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Rev. Trevor Bensch
Minister of religion

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Dr Kym Bonython AC
Entrepeneur
(in memoriam)

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Henry Bosch AO
Former Chairman NCSC

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Dr Edward Brentnall
Emergency Services Director (retired)

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Em. Prof. Freda Briggs AO
Researcher & educator

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Bob Brown
Former Senator & Greens Leader

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Julian Burnside QC
Barrister & author

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Susie Byrne
Convenor, SA Nurses Supporting Choices in Dying

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Dr Leslie Cannold
Bioethicist,
researcher, writer

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Dr Moss Cass
Doctor, surgeon & researcher (retired)

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Tricia Caswell
Sustainability expert

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Prof. Simon Chapman
Public health researcher & advocate, FASSA

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Hon. Robin Chapple
MLC for Mining & Pastoral Region, WA

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Hon. Stephen Charles QC
Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court (Vic, retired)

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Prof. Max Charlesworth AO
Philosopher

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Prof. Alf Clark
Social scientist

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Everald Compton
Former Director & Chair of National Seniors Aust.

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Peter Couchman
Journalist & writer

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Nick Crofts
Medical epidemiologist & researcher

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Prof. Rod Crook
Social scientist (retired)

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Peter Cundall AM
Former host, ABC
'Gardening Australia'

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Natasha Darke
Anglican Priest

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Kenneth Davidson
Co-editor Dissent Magazine; contrubutor to The Age

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Rev. Dr Craig de Vos
Minister, Nth Adelaide Baptist Church

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Catherine Deveny
Writer & humorist

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Anne Deveson
Writer, broadcaster,
documentary maker

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The Hon. John Dowd AO QC
Educator; Supreme Court Judge (NSW, retired)

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Prof. Gary Dowsett
Social sciences researcher, La Trobe Uni.

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Denise Drysdale
TV personality

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Dr Ilsa Evans
Author

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Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
Legal leader

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Dr June Factor
Writer

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Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser
AC CH

Former Prime Minister

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Mrs Tamara Fraser AO
Founding President
The Australia Fund

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Julia Freebury
Civil libertarian activist

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Patrick Galvin AM
Former Federal Dept Secretary - Arts, Heritage & Environment

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Max Gillies AM
Actor & TV performer, National Treasure

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Brian Goldsmith
Entrepreneur

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Sandy Gore
Actress

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Dr Nigel Gray AO
Former Director Cancer Council Victoria

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John H. Greenwell
Former Deputy President, Aust. Law Reform Commission

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Dr R. Julian Hafner
Doctor, FRANZCP

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Prof. The Hon. George Hampel AM QC
Supreme Court Judge
(Victoria, retired)

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Peter Hardham
Lawyer; human rights advocate; former Ombudsman

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Robert Hewett
Playwright

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Janet Holmes á Court AC
Businesswoman

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David & Maya Hume OAM
Industrialists & philanthropists

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Dr David Hunt
Cardiologist, FRACP, FACC, FCSANZ, RFD

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Dr Roger Hunt
Palliative Care specialist, GDPH, FAChPM

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Peter Isaacson AM
Publisher

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Dr Warren Johnson AM
Doctor, FRACS, FACS

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Dr Rosemary Jones
Gynaecologist, FRCOG

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Alex Julius
Publisher and Entrepreneur

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Hon. Sandra Kanck
Former MLC
South Australia

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Prof. David Kelly
Former Chair,
Victorian Law Reform Commission

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Hon. Steph Key MP
Member of South Aust. Parliament

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Mary Kostakidis
Journalist, speaker & former SBS news presenter

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Prof. Helga Kuhse
Philosopher &
bioethics researcher

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Hon. Anne Levy
Former Minister in S.A. Government

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Dr Murray Lloyd
FRACP, Consultant
Geriatrician (retired)

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Amanda Lohrey
Novelist, essayist

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Hon. Rod Mackenzie OAM
Former Victorian Minister

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Rev. Dr Francis Macnab AM
Executive Minister,
St Michael's on Collins

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Hon. Ian Macphee AO
Former Federal Minister

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Eve Mahlab OA
Businesswoman

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Iola Mathews OAM
Author

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Lindsay McDougall
Writer

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Judith McGrath
Actress

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Prof. Peter McIntyre AO
Leading architect

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Hilary McPhee AO
Writer & editor, feminist, human rights advocate

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Ron Merkel QC
Federal Court Judge (retired); QC

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Gordon Moffatt AM
Former Deputy Mayor,
Melbourne

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Prof. Rob Moodie
Prof. of Global Health, Nossal Institute for Global Health

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Val Morgan
Media & cinema legend

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The Hon. Jocelyn Newman
Former Senator & Minister

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Assoc. Prof. Neville Pamment
Bio-engineer, Uni. of Melbourne

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Prof. Malcolm Parker
Prof. of Medical Ethics, Health Law & Ethical Practice

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Mark Parnell
Member of South Aust. Parliament

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Rev Ray Patterson
Churches of Christ minister, retired

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Prof. Tom Pauling
AO QC

Charles Darwin Uni.; former NT Administrator

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Kirk Pengilly
INXS rock band legend

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Frank Penhalluriack
Councillor & retail reformer

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Marshall Perron
Former Chief Minister,
Northern Territory

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Anne Phelan OAM
Actress

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Prof. Peter & Mrs Rae Pierce AM
Author & academic Monash Uni.; school principal (retired)

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Adrian Price
Christians Supporing Choice for VE

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Chris Puplick AM
Former Senator

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Rev. Kenneth Ralph
Minister of religion
(retired), counsellor

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Susan Lady Renouf
Social identity

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Nick Renton AM
Awarded author
(in memoriam)

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Bill Richmond
MSDIAn MAICD

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Robert Richter QC
Barrister & human rights promoter

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Rev. Christopher N Ridings
Minister, Uniting Church in Australia

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Roland Rocchiccioli
Entertainer
& writer

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Prof. Doreen Rosenthal AO
Hon. Prof. Fellow, Uni. of Melbourne, FASSA

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Jennifer Ross AO
Former Exec. Dir.
Haemophilia Fed'n of Aust.

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Dr Harry Rundle
Surgeon, FRACS, FRCS, FRCSE

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Delys Sargeant AM
Educator; retired Director COTA Vic; former Director SBRC Uni. of Melb.

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Hon. Chris Schacht
Former Senator & Minister

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Prof. Peter Singer AC
Philosopher & ethicist

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Dick Smith AO
Aust. of Year 1987; entrepreneur & adventurer

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Jim Soorley
Former Lord Mayor Brisbane

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Tracey Spicer
Newsreader & journalist

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Rev. Bernarr Haydn Stevens
Minister of religion

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Mrs C. Rosemarie Stevens
Registered nurse

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Major Gen. Alan Stretton
AO CBE

Aust. of Year
1975

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Dr Bob Such
Member of South Australian Parliament

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Anne Summers AO
Journalist & author

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Dr Rodney Syme
Urologist surgeon

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Geoffrey Tulloch
Victorian Police
Superintendent (retired)

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John Valder AO
Former Federal Liberal Party President

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Lesley Vick
Legal researcher, co-editor D!ssent Magazine

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Prof. Merrilyn Walton
Prof. of Medical Education

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Dr David Warren AO
Scientist, inventor, FAIE
(in memoriam)

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Dr Bruce Watson
Founder & Principal, Heads Together

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Prof. Colin Wendell-Smith AO
Deputy VC U. Tas. (retired), Founder U3A Hobart

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Prof. George Williams
Anthony Mason Professor of Law, Uni. of NSW

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Prof. John Willoughby
Neurologist, Flinders Uni., FRACP

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Ian Wood
Co-founder, Christians
for VE Choice