John Birrell – Change Instigator

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mahatma Gandhi

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John Henry Winter Birrell OAM, ISO (1924-2003)

In 1959, when Victoria Police Surgeon Dr John Birrell started to give public talks on the effects of alcohol on driving, he soon found himself gagged from speaking. The problem was he was upsetting powerful interests who didn’t want his views to be heard.

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