I am deeply sad at the news today that Dr John Kaye MLC has passed away.


He has been one of our state's most formidable and effective politicians of the last ten years.

His profile in the state's political and parliamentary debates belied his official role as an upper house member from a minor party.

He made an impact by dint of great intellect and sheer relentless energy.

The old socialist mantra "educate organise agitate" guided John Kaye through his political life.

In my time in the Legislative Council I collaborated with John Kaye on numerous issues and battled against him on a few others.

At all times I found him to be warm, direct, honest and smart. I will miss him.

My condolences go to his family.