JESSICA EDWARDS is a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 23 March 2019, as a representative of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW).
Jessica has a Bachelor of Economics (USYD) and a Bachelor of Law (UNSW). She has worked as a lawyer in both private practice and in house roles, as well as assisting a number of community based organisations on a pro bono basis.
Jessica has a young family and is a strong advocate for animal rights, volunteering for animal organisations on regular basis.
My father passed away from mesothelioma (a type of asbestos related lung cancer), earlier this year. This cancer is currently almost always fatal, with sufferers passing away within a few years of being diagnosed and most will suffer enormous pain and breathlessness as well as depression for extended periods of time before passing. I watched my father suffer and battle depression for the last few months of his life, in part at least because he had been unable to choose death on his own terms despite his medical team acknowledging there was no further treatment outside of pain relief that could be offered.