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RIP Joan Kirner

June 1, 2015


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.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2015 7:02 pm

  2. June 1, 2015 7:13 pm

    l know. Just heard somebody Joan that blib`s running the team in canberra. She didn`t take it well.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 1, 2015 7:14 pm

    RIP …

  4. June 1, 2015 8:08 pm

    I associate her with polka dot dresses.

  5. June 1, 2015 8:29 pm
  6. June 1, 2015 8:32 pm

    Ouch. Ya shoulda had a warning on that picture, reb.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 1, 2015 8:42 pm

    It’s Kirner’s fault that Victoria finished up with Kennett.

    She was incompetent, and she barracked for Essendon. ALP politicians such as Kirner has given plenty of credibility to the reputation of the ALP for poor economic management.

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    June 1, 2015 8:45 pm

    And Kennett saved all that, hey, ToM … gormless twit he is …

  9. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 1, 2015 9:12 pm

    It’s Kirner’s fault that Victoria finished up with Kennett.

    Never been able to work out why you hate Kennett. But to be accurate it was John Cains fault that Victoria got Kennet. Kirner was thrown a hospital pass.

    In February 1990 it was rumoured that Pyramid, a privately owned (but government regulated) building society, was in difficulties. Ministers in Cain’s government accepted assurances from Pyramid directors that the society’s position was sound, and passed these assurances on to the public. In fact the society was insolvent. When it failed, causing thousands of investors and depositors to lose their money, the government was blamed by investors and the media. This was followed shortly after by the collapse of Tricontinental Bank, which threatened to bankrupt the Victorian Government owned State Bank, Victoria’s largest financial institution. The bank eventually had to be sold to the Commonwealth Bank, which was shortly thereafter privatised by the federal government. These disasters permanently ruined Cain’s reputation for financial management.

  10. June 1, 2015 11:09 pm

    Doh! .. Somebody just TOLD Joan that blib`s running the team in canberra. She didn`t take it well.

  11. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 2, 2015 1:29 pm

    I liked joan.

    Knew you’d all love this pic from the same event 😉

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2015 2:11 pm

    Interesting article re Greece.

    It’s time for Greece to put itself out of its misery. It must stop hoping for a miracle, default on its debts and exit the euro. In the short term, this would probably precipitate another cataclysmic relapse into recession for Greece’s long-suffering people. But it is the only way out of the current logjam and has become a necessary, albeit not sufficient, condition for the country to make an eventual recovery.
    Countries that vote for socialism, profligacy and class war don’t have the right to force others to pick up the bill.

  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2015 2:12 pm

    Kirner had Victoria going in the same direction…

  14. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 2, 2015 6:42 pm

    Bolt has posted Gillards (The Education PM) statement on Kirners death with all the mistakes circled

  15. June 2, 2015 7:16 pm

    In polite circles it’s considered gauche to use someone’s death to make a political statement, Neil.

    So it surprises me not that Bolt would make such an observation at this time, and that you would find it worthy of giving him oxygen.

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2015 7:37 pm

    Bolt looks like, ToM …

    Bolt looks like a fkn Dickhead©

    Aw, apologies ToM … but see how silly it is to correct people’s grammar without actually making a point … just to be a smartarse?

    … and of course, Kneel, thinks it’s clever of Bolt … that should tell you something … like get a life … or a wave …

    Wasn’t there some crass comments about Julia Gillard’s father’s death I recall … fkn tories !

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