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Labor Minister Fiona Richardson sadly lost her battle with breast cancer overnight.
She died aged 50, only days after revealing she had been diagnosed with multiple tumours.
Her family said the wife and mother-of-two was an unwavering advocate for family violence survivors.
Fiona had planned to work part-time while looking after her health.
However she later announced she was taking a leave of absence more than two weeks ago.
MP's have taken to social media to remember Fiona as a fearless advocate for family violence survivors.
In a statement released this morning Premier Daniel Andrews has credited Fiona as a person of conviction, of character and of extraordinary composure.
Before she had even stepped foot in Parliament, she had busted the party’s sexist back rooms and committees wide open. She made things that much easier and fairer for the next generation of Labor women. And for the one after that.
She was Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. Under her watch, a dark and silent tragedy was brought into the harsh and unforgiving light of a Royal Commission – and the two thousand pages of that Commission’s final report are her greatest legacy to public life.
I’ll never forget her words last year: “If you actually set out to design a prevention system most likely to fail, you would design the system that we had.”
Victoria has a different system now. Our state will never be the same. Lives have been saved. And I know who to thank.
She was a person of conviction, of character, of extraordinary composure. Those qualities – combined with an intellect and instinct that’s among the sharpest I’ve known – made her someone who can never be replaced. Not in our Government. Not in our movement. Not ever.
You can read the full statement here:
Richardson held the inner seat of Northcote since 2006 and was the first Australia politician to be named a minister for the prevention of family violence.
The Labor right factional leader joined the party in 1991 and successfully fought breast cancer in 2013.
Last year Fiona courageously shared her own history of domestic violence at the hands of her alcoholic, abusive father in Tanzania, on the ABC's Australian Story.