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VALE Dorothy Reading

For many years before Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying law became reality, there were committed people working − often in the face of bitter disappointment − to see compassion triumph over dogma in that State.

One of those was Dorothy Reading, whose gentle manner belied her fierceness as a political and social warrior. Dorothy passed away suddenly on Tuesday.

We wish to mark Dorothy's passing and to salute her dedication to reducing needless suffering at the end of life. Suffering created largely by the zealotry and studied ignorance of vested interests claiming to be acting for the good of others.

As the founder of Readings Books and through her service to community health, particularly to people with cancer, Dorothy spoke truth to power. We are so glad that she lived to see that truth be heard.

Our sympathies go to Peter and family.

(photo courtesy Ilana Rose ©)

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