I am delighted to announce my candidacy for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party in the Victorian State Election on 24 November 2018.
The Victorian Liberal-National Coalition has indicated that, if elected, they will roll back the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic), which we fought hard to achieve in 2016. They will repeal the Act or, more likely, make it functionally redundant. Despite being a party that prides itself on the individual’s right to autonomy and reduced government influence on people’s lives, the LNP draw the line on a terminally ill person being able to end their own suffering.
Not on my watch.
I am running in the South-Eastern Metropolitan division of the Legislative Council (Upper House) (see map). I am well aware of the risk I put myself at in stepping forward in this way. I put professional and personal relationships at risk. I will come under fire from opponents.
I am ready. It is time to step up. I strongly believe in this law being in the best interest of all Australians and I will work hard to ensure it is not touched by a Matthew Guy-led government.
I support the use of medicinal cannabis by those suffering chronic pain, under controlled circumstances and the oversight of a doctor.
I support community - we must take care of each other.
I support small business - I ran one for almost nine years.
I support workers - the strongest asset of any business or organisation is its people. Let’s pay them and treat them fairly.
I support better funding in education and health - a healthy, educated population is an empowered population.
I support strong law and a transparent and fair justice system.
I support strong action on climate change - we must endeavour to leave this place in a better shape than we found it.
I support Oscar’s Law.
I believe taxes should be paid by everyone, and fairly. No more tax exemptions for big business and churches. We’re all in this together.
I am an LBGTIQ+ ally.
I believe in a full reconcilation and soveriegnty process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the adoption of the Uluru Statement and a voice to parliament. Anything less is lip service and unacceptable.
I believe all political donations over $1000 per annum (per individual/organisation) should be publicly declared with 28 days of that donation.
and much more.
I am a wife, a daughter, a sister and a proud Aunty. I am at the behest of a pug named Elmo (see above). I hold a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. I am due to complete the final units of my Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in 2019.
I ran my own business for nine years, teaching art and writing books in a career that took me across the world.
I am currently a secondary school Legal Studies teacher. I have worked in retail and hospitality, community legal centres and in education policy. I am a proud member of the Western Bulldogs AFL Club (Women’s and Men’s teams). I hold membership to several community organisations and professional associations.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Thankyou in advance for your support of my candidacy and this important law.