Statement on Joan Kirner


Statement from NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Joan Kirner AC.

As Victoria’s first female Premier – and Australia’s second – Joan was a trailblazer, becoming an inspiration for countless Labor women.

Her teaching career set the foundation for a focus on education in politics. Joan worked tirelessly toward equality in the Victorian education system.

She also played a pivotal role in the Landcare movement – epitomising the Labor tradition of protecting our precious environment.

Joan’s contribution to Victoria and to the Labor movement will be remembered.

My thoughts are with her husband Ron and children Kate, Michael and David at this time.