Judith Daley is a life member of Dying with Dignity and is standing as a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 23rd March 2019, as a representative of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW).
The first half of Judith’s working life was in office administration and those experiences shaped her desire to work in social justice. She was 49 before she went to university for the first time and was 52 when she obtained her private investigator’s license. The last half of her working life was basically all about social justice as a union industrial officer and delegate, as a conciliation officer with the Human Rights Commission and as an industrial investigator.
"I am now widowed and a retired public servant and am able to focus on issues close to my heart such as voluntary assisted dying legislation. Sadly not all pain can be controlled by today's drugs and the palliative care processes. For people in that circumstance, and for whom the future is intolerable, assisted death should be a real, dignified and viable option. With proper safeguards in place it will not be a slippery slope. It is not compulsory for those who do not want to take that option.
Without voluntary assisted dying legislation our community is imposing prolonged agony and misery on some people as well as forcing the families of those people to participate in their distress and anxiety.
Voluntary assisted dying legislation is the humane option of choice. Let's treat people as well as we treat our pets."