Shayne Higson has been endorsed as the lead Upper House candidate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW) for the NSW State Election on 28 March 2015.
In 2013 Shayne ran as the lead NSW Senate candidate for the VEP in the federal election and later that year she was the driving force behind the registration of Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW). She is currently their State Convenor.
Before becoming involved in the campaign for voluntary euthanasia law reform, Shayne was a photographic artist and someone who usually expressed her political opinions through her visual art.
Although she has always believed in the principle of dying with dignity, it was following the death of her mother in late 2012 from an aggressive brain cancer that Shayne became passionate and vocal about the need for law reform.
When the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill was introduced in April 2013, Shayne told her story, along with many others, in the hope that politicians would respond to the overwhelming community support and introduce new laws to allow medically assisted dying for terminally ill patients who are experiencing unbearable pain or suffering. When the bill was defeated in the NSW Upper House 23 – 13, Shayne was bitterly disappointed but was determined to continue the campaign for law reform.
Shayne was proud to have been chosen as the NSW Senate candidate. With only 8 weeks to plan and mount an effective campaign, she worked tirelessly with the support of her fellow candidate, Loredana Alessio-Mulhall, members of the newly formed VEP, members of Exit International and members of Dying With Dignity NSW.
Prior to 2013 Shayne had never been involved in politics, however, she has always been willing to step up and be a voice for her peers, be that as a student representative at school and college, as a board member for various arts organisations during the 1980’s, and later on parent organisations and school P & C’s.
Shayne was born and raised in Sydney but currently lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW. She is a caring daughter, sister, partner and mother and is proud to be the lead candidate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party in New South Wales, providing a voice for the thousands of families and carers who have watched loved ones suffer unnecessarily at the end of their terminal illness.
To contact Shayne Higson you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0403 625 456.
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