John Mackenzieis a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 28 March 2015, as a representative of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW).
John has spent most of his life helping others through community service. He has had a lifetime commitment to public safety through 53 years of continuous voluntary service with NSW Surf Life Saving. His 27 years involvement with the ALP was motivated by his desire to help others. In the last seven years of a 43 year career with State Rail, he was Chairman of the O.H. & S. committee in Newcastle. John has always been interested in health and well-being and in 1987, along with Deputy Lord Mayor Don Geddes and Arthur Chesterfield Evans, he was instrumental in setting up Clean Air in Restaurants (CAIR) which was the forerunner of the first legislation in NSW to regulate non-smoking in workplaces, restaurants etc.
John has a strong belief that dying with dignity should be a basic human right and he currently runs the Exit International chapters in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Macquarie.
“I have always been impressed with Philip Nitschke. My philosophy is ‘it’s your life, it’s your death, it’s your decision’ and not the decision of a church, government, doctor, or family.
I like to keep fit both physically and mentally. I have a beautiful wife, one daughter, two sons and five grandchildren. I have a great life and I wouldn’t be prepared to settle for anything less.”