Natasha Mulhallis a candidate for election to the NSW Legislative Council on 28 March 2015 and is one of the younger candidates representing the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW).
Natasha was born and raised in Sydney and has spent the first part of her career, working as an Interior Architect in Sydney and London. She has travelled solo around the world for many years and 3 years ago returned to Sydney and now works as a freelance professional photographer.
Her mother has suffered from progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) since Natasha was a young child. Caring for and watching her mother cope with this illness has had a very profound and personal effect on Natasha's view of personal liberty, choice and freedom to decide for one's self how they deal with their life and death. She is interested in creating rigorous social policy that aids self-determination in a safe and fair way.
“My mother, Loredana Mulhall-Alessio is a strong, compassionate and intelligent woman and has been suffering from the debilitating effects of MS, since I was 9 years old. She has been graceful, resilient and courageous throughout the last 25 years of suffering this disease and as a family, we fear for the final days of her illness.
I strongly support the legislation being presented by the VEP, as it empowers people of sound mind, yet incurable and intolerable pain and suffering to have a safe and dignified end of their life. The legislation is robust and does not allow for anyone outside of the strict criteria and medical checklist to make use of these reforms. Nor does it allow anyone, except the person in suffering to decide what they want.
There are far too many people having to take their own life in dangerous and solitary circumstances. There is an unfair pressure on medical staff to assist those with incurable and intolerable disease to work outside of the legal framework.
Making this issue as high on our agenda as a society sends a strong message that while voluntary euthanasia can be a hard issue to talk about, 80% of Australians are in favour of having the right to choose and not to be restricted by others beliefs. It is undemocratic that our politicians have failed to represent the peoples’ views on this issue for so long.”