Ray Martin interviews Bob Hawke, former Labor prime minister, and John Howard, former Coalition PM, at the fundraiser.
More Australians lose their lives to suicide every year than in road accidents, Lifeline leader John Brogden told 900 donors attending a fundraising lunch. Mr Brogden, a former leader of the NSW opposition, now chairman of Lifeline Australia, a suicide prevention service, said he knew too well the importance of support after trying to take his own life in 2005.
Mr Brogden said that while Lifeline answered 500,000 calls last year, they are calling for donations because another 200,000 calls went unanswered.
The political rivals united at the lunch in support of Lifeline. Mr Howard and Mr Hawke, interviewed by Ray Martin, amicably discussed Australia’s relationship with China, the state of our parliament, the economy and gay marriage, which Hawke said he supports.
Lifeline’s fundraising lunch aimed to raise at least $200,000 for the charity’s work.
– Photos and story by Jessica Amir