Joshua Brittis a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 28 March 2015 and is the youngest representative of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW).
At 21 years of age, he is a student at the University of Sydney where he studies a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences. He possesses a diverse background in the fields of social justice and leadership, signified by his role as School Captain in 2011, as well as being awarded the Order of Australia Youth Community Service Award in 2010. He has a keen interest in social justice issues and voluntary euthanasia among them.
"I have always been interested in the ethical issue of euthanasia. It has become even more pertinent to me recently as my grandmother's health has declined to the point that she is unable to walk, read, eat and at times breathe. It is devastating to see her in a position where she has no control over her body and over her life. When a family member says to you "I want to die", it is possibly the hardest thing you could ever hear them say.
I believe that Australia must introduce legislation so people like my grandmother can have the choice to end their life if they wish. When I am old, I do not want to be in a position where I am stripped on my dignity, independence and zest for life. I want to have the ability to choose, and I believe we all should be entitled to this choice."