Andrew Denton

TV presenter, advocate for dying Australians

NSWNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

In 1997, Andrew Denton witnessed the slow, painful death of his father Kit Denton. Determined to help others avoid this suffering, Andrew has led an intellectually rigorous debate in Australia about death and dying.

Drawing on his love for stories and 30-plus years in the media, Andrew has campaigned to introduce compassionate laws around voluntary assisted dying (VAD) that provide protections for the vulnerable. His ground-breaking podcast series, Better Off Dead, covers the personal stories, moral arguments on both sides, and legislation from countries with VAD laws.

He formed the organisation Go Gentle Australia to help Australians with untreatable or terminal illnesses, as well as their families and carers.

Andrew’s campaign for a VAD law in South Australia in 2016 was narrowly defeated by one vote. He led successful advocacy campaigns to introduce VAD laws in Victoria in 2017 and in Western Australia in 2019.

Andrew is determined to keep advocating until all Australians have access to VAD.