Campaigners/Pressure Groups/NGOs

Balderstone, MichaelLong-time resident member of the alternative community at Nimbin, NSW and President of the Australian HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition) Party. Made submission to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015. In the 2016 General Election was forcibly escorted from a political event held by Premier Malcolm Turnbull – who has links to various pharmaceutical / biotech businesses – for attempting to ask about medical cannabis and other drug-related issues.

Basser, Dr DavidSpecialist dentist, theoretical biomedic and Bioethicist / Biomedical Coordinator at the charity / pressure group United in Compassion.

Carter, LanaiMs Carter and her son Lindsay gained prominence in Queensland after protesting outside the State’s Health Department in March 2016 because Lindsay could not access the medical cannabis needed to treat complications from a brain tumour. Queensland’s ‘new processes’ she said, were delaying access to the drug since they were being implemented in readiness for the new Bill the State was intending to pass. Had previously been successfully treating Lindsay with cannabis oil in the US on return to Australia campaiged to be allowed to import oil from the US, running into problems with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and then Queensland Government.  Made submission and gave evidence to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015. Co-runs the group and website Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Queensland.  Spoke at United in Compassion’s 2014 Symposium, a video of which is here. Also interviewed on Brisbane independent radio station 4ZZZ in October 2015.

Cliffe, DebraMedical cannabis campaigner. Made submission to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015.

Cowles, Nicole

Medical cannabis campaigner. Made submission and gave evidence to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015.

Haslam, DanArguably the individual whose struggle with cancer and resulting chemotherapy treatment, the side-effects of which were countered by cannabis, sparked a critical national movement.   See also ‘History & Background’ section and ‘New South Wales’ page of this website for more information.

Haslam, LouFather of Dan, husband of Lucy. An Executive Director of the charity/pressure group United in Compassion, a former drug squad police officer of 35 years. Profled in Northern Daily Leader in May 2014.

Haslam, LucyMother of Dan, wife of Lou. Founder of the charity/pressure group United in Compassion. Former nurse and business owner, has spearheaded campaign both in her home State of NSW and nationally to ‘re-introduce medical cannabis to Australia.  Made submission and gave evidence to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015. See also ‘History & Background’ section and ‘New South Wales’ page of this website for more information.

Hester, Gail

President & founder of MCUA – Medical Cannabis Users Association. Former nurse, lost daughter to bowel cancer in 2007, for whom Gail says, MCUA & its work are a legacy.

Kapalos, HelenJournalist and broadcaster. Met the Haslam family, Dan,  Lucy and Lou when filming a Sunday Night TV show in 2014 which placed the Haslams on national stage. As a result of the programme, quit her Channel 7 anchorwoman job to self-finance film – A Life of Its Own, released in October 2016 – after being inspired by what she encountered. Hosted United in Compassion’s 2014 Symposium.  Is currently Chair of the Victorian Multicultrural Commission.

Neville, JoelleMade submission and gave evidence (with her father-in-law Paul Neville, a former MP) to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015. Featured in Perth press about using cannabis to treat daughter.

Neville, PaulFormer Quensland MP and father-in-law to Joelle Neville. Gave evidence (with Joelle Neville) to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015. Family’s story featured in newspaper story April 2015.

Palmer, Fmr. Commissioner Australian Police Mick AO APMFormer high-ranking police officer – including for Interpol – University Professor and now poilcy/operations consultant working at high level through his company Mick Palmer and Associates. Patron of the charity/pressure Group United in Compssion at whose Symposium he spoke in 2014. Video of talk is here.

Stevens, DavidMedical cannabis campaigner on behalf of his daughter, an epilepsy sufferer. Coffs Harbour Citizen of the year, 2014, appeared in both the Channel 7 TV programme Sunday Night in 2014 and the subsequent film A Life of Its Own by journalist and broadcaster Helen Kapalos. Made submission to the Australian Government’s Public Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill in 2015 and spoke at  Spoke at United in Compassion’s 2014 Symposium, a video of which is here.  Posted two videos on YouTube about his daughter – one showing progress made using cannabis, the other an audio of conversation with daughter’s then-specialist, childhood epilepsy expert Dr Ingrid Scheffer who wished to use dangerous and unpleasant steroid treatment. Mr Stevens died from cancer in 2015.