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Andrew Denton - ChangeMaker Chats - Laugh till you die

Season 8

If you are in Australia you probably know of Andrew Denton the comedian, but did you know he is also a highly successful changemaker? 


In this chat Andrew shares his journey of a life that began in comedy, then ventured into long form interviews with the popular television show “Enough Rope”, then a decade ago took him to a decision to try and change the laws on Voluntary Assisted Dying.


Andrew shares what it was like to come to social change as a novice - and to learn the many steps of how to make powerful change with others. And despite the constant theme of death - the chat is also pretty funny.


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