Arthur Chesterfield-Evans (born 16 June 1950) is an Australian medical practitioner and politician who served as a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales from 1998 to 2007. He joined the Australian Democrats in 1986 and was appointed to replace Elisabeth Kirkby in the Legislative Council on her retirement on 25 June 1998. He was re-elected for an 8-year term in 1999 and was defeated at the 2007 election, achieving 1.8% of the primary vote, leaving the Democrats unrepresented in the NSW Parliament.
Graduated MB BS
Sydney, 1975; FRCS
(Eng) London, 1980 and MAppSc (OHS) University of NSW
, 1996. Formerly surgical registrar, Royal North Shore Hospital
, 1980-81; general practitioner
in Sydney 1982 -3; occupational physician, Sydney Water
, 1983-1994; postgraduate student (Masters by thesis) 1994; medical officer, Department of Veteran Affairs, 1995; occupational physician, self-employed, at Pacific OHS, Burwood 1995-8.
Chesterfield-Evans was president of the Non-Smokers Movement from 1984 to 1997 and a member of Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions
(BUGA UP), which vandalised tobacco-advertising billboards with satirical graffiti. He was arrested and convicted over these activities but had his sentence remitted on appeal. He hosted an anti-tobacco radio program, Puff Off
, from 1980 to 1994.
video presentation on his activities, Confessions of a Simple Surgeon
, won awards in Australia, the UK and the US. He was on the Board of NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies) and, in 1994, was the NSW President of the Doctors' Reform Society, which was arguing for the continuation of Medicare
and other improvements to the public health system.
He has a wife, Kate, and son, Michael.