Victorian Labor MP Fiona Richardson remembered for her work fighting family violence

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 24, 2017

Victorian Family Violence Prevention Minister Fiona Richardson has died after a battle with cancer.

Ms Richardson died aged 50 on Wednesday night, just a day after revealing she had been diagnosed with multiple tumours.

Fiona Richardson is being remembered on all sides of politics as a courageous and fearless MP.

Last year, Ms Richardson opened up about her own history of domestic violence at the hands of her alcoholic, abusive father in Tanzania.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with Fiona and her family and we will do everything we can to support her during this hard time, ' he said in a statement.

"Shocked & so very sad at the loss of Fiona Richardson". An fantastic campaigner against family violence.

Premier Daniel Andrews said Ms Richardson "was a person of conviction, of character, of extraordinary composure" and could never be replaced.

Ms Richardson joined Labor in 1991, held the seat of Northcote from 2006 and successfully fought breast cancer in 2013.

Federal party leader Bill Shorten took to Twitter on Wednesday evening, saying "we've lost a remarkable, fearless and inspirational woman".

Victoria's opposition leader Matthew Guy tweeted "the sadness at Spring Street will be immense".

Victorian State Parliament MP Louise Staley referred to Ms Richardson as a 'warrior'.

"Many women and their children are safer today because of Fiona's determination to change a system that had let them down for too long", she said.

'I have been diagnosed with multiple tumours for which I am receiving treatment, ' Ms Richardson said yesterday.

'To have then discussed the very serious issues she experienced as a young child in her own family home meant that the power of the work that she did increased significantly, ' Mr Dalidakis told reporters.

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