RIP Joan Kirner
Victoria’s first and only female premier Joan Kirner has died aged 76.
Ms Kirner was a school teacher and education activist before winning a seat in Victoria’s Upper House in 1982.
She later moved to the Lower House as member for Williamstown and began a series of education reforms aimed at reducing what she saw as class-based inequity.
When John Cain resigned in 1990, Ms Kirner became Victoria’s first female premier, but it was only two years before she was swept from office in a Coalition landslide.
She was lampooned by her critics for her fashion sense and left-wing politics but remained popular.
Ms Kirner remained active in public affairs after her resignation from Parliament.
She will be remembered for her tireless work promoting women’s rights, conservation, and education and her love of Essendon Football Club.