Friday, 24 March 2017
Dr CARLING-JENKINS (Western Metropolitan) — I rise today to thank members in this place and members in the other place for coming to yesterday's briefing and introduction to Liz Carr and Jax Jacki Brown on their perspective on assisted suicide. Liz Carr, who plays Clarissa Mullery in the BBC's Silent Witness, and her partner, Jo Church, have come all the way from the UK for Assisted Suicide: The Musical, which Liz created, wrote and performs in.
She is a world-renowned activist for disability rights, and Liz spoke to MPs about why she is against the legalisation of assisted suicide from the perspective of an atheist, pro-choice and autonomy-believing disabled person. Jax Jacki Brown, who I met at her protest against the film Me before You, which celebrates assisted suicide of a person with a disability, will become a feature of this Parliament I am sure over the next few months, as she will be standing out firmly against assisted suicide legislation in this, her home state.
Following sell-out shows in the UK, Assisted Suicide: The Musical will be performed over the next few weeks as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at Coopers Malthouse Theatre, and I invite members to attend Liz Carr's show. It is described as a TED Talk with show tunes, which combines Liz's love of sequins with her life as a performer and campaigner. She is joined on stage by a talented cast to express her important but often unheard disability perspective in this debate.