Women and environmentalists mourn the passing of a visionary leader


Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Education Linda Burney joined Australians today in mourning the death of Joan Kirner.

“This is a sad day for us all and I send my condolences, warmth and love to Joan’s family and friends because we have lost a true leader in Joan,” Ms Burney said.

The NSW Labor caucus held a minute’s silence to show their respect for and recognition of the contribution of Joan Kirner not only to the Australian Labor Party but to national public life, advancing the rights of women in Australian society.

“Joan Kirner empowered so many women embarking on their political careers, including myself, through Emily’s List and because of her generosity and kindness.

“She believed in me before I believed in myself and was always generous in words and deeds.

“Her contribution to a sustainable Australia will continue into perpetuity because she established Landcare first in Victoria in 1986 and then at a national level with my late partner Rick Farley and Phillip Toyne.

“Vale, Ms Kirner.”