Jessica Knight has been endorsed as the lead Senate candidate for South Australia for Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) for the Federal Election on 2 July 2016.
Her interest in campaigning for voluntary euthanasia law reform began with her mother, Frances, who lived in Perth and was a strong advocate for voluntary assisted dying. She had discussed this with Jessica in great depth, so when the time came that Frances wished to die with dignity, Jessica was able to support her decision. As a result of this experience, in 2001, when Jessica was approached to be the candidate for Voluntary Euthanasia in South Australia, she was delighted to take an active role in this initial attempt to promote a Dying with Dignity Bill in South Australia.
Before retiring to Adelaide, Jessica worked at Western Sydney University as coordinator of a program aimed to assist disadvantaged women who wished to enter university. Prior to this, she was an ESL teacher at an International School in Sydney and has a Master of Arts in Theatre from Colorado University. Since 1999, Jessica has been an award winning volunteer guide at the Art gallery of South Australia working with a range of audiences. She is also President of the South Australian branch of ABC Friends.
Jessica considers voluntary euthanasia to be a basic human right.
To contact Jessica you can email email@example.com or call her on 0450 722 847.
Hello, my name is Kym Buckley and I am asking for your vote to help elect me as Senator to represent the people of South Australia and to promote the ideals of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
Having lived in Adelaide for 'most all my life, I am a 62 year old building consultant and a father of two.
My scholastic pre-cursors are law and business administration.
My working life has revolved around creating and operating small businesses.
I consider that I have always been capable, hard working, and ethically focused.
My interest in, then support for, societal and legal changes to allow competent, properly-informed, individuals to choose how, when, where, and with whom, they should exit life as their end approaches, pre-dates my personal experiences of helplessly watching each of my parents being eaten away, overwhelmed by myriad fears and anxieties which, after a while, could not be eliminated by the faux-death of palliative care. As each of their paths to death accelerated, shredding their dignity and traumatising their grandchildren, they couldn't even blink.
For me, however, this matter has always been primarily one of choice... the right of an individual, given that they are not interfering with anyone who is not a willing participant, to choose a path which they feel is appropriate and comfortable for them in their own circumstances.
Please consider these rudimentary analogies.
For humans, originally the only way for controlled movement was to walk, or ride an animal, across open terrain. At some stage, it was found that, if strips of this terrain were paved to create roads, movement could be facilitated. People then had a choice between what had been considered the natural way and what was a more amenable, controlled, passage.
These days, if one is confronted by an escalator beside a staircase, one can choose either way forward... and the right to freely make this choice is, for me, essentially human.
Everybody is different but when my time comes, given that I've had the luxury of being made aware of it, I will want to die in my own comforting home, surrounded by my loving family and dear friends, and, crucially, at a time when I am still able to exercise some control... before my deterioration due to a terminal and incurable illness causes my time in their lives to be poisoned by my becoming unrecognizable. I do not want to die subject to a set of laws, which effectively drives a wedge between me and my loved ones at the time of our greatest need for each other.
We are, thankfully, all individuals. What I believe is appropriate for me, others may feel is not a proper course for them. Put simply, I believe that I, and any others who feel similarly, should have the right, within rigorous, monitored, safeguards, to freely make and amend that choice.
I do not advocate breaking the law. I am simply a proponent of free choice (as, according to an Essential poll published in May 2015, are 72% of Australians).
I would be happy to answer any of your questions about this topic or regarding the way that I, as a V.E.P. Senator, would be inclined to vote on any other matter. Please feel free to telephone me on 0459 465 652 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration.