Victorian minister Jane Garrett passes away at the age of 49 from breast cancer

A state funeral has been offered to the family of late emergency services minister and Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett, who passed away at the age of 49 from breast cancer.

The service would be “a fitting way to mark her significant contribution” to the state, as per Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

After receiving a diagnosis of the illness in 2016, the former emergency services minister—an MP since 2010—announced late last year that she will not run for re-election in the state election of 2022.

Garrett, a former representative for Brunswick and Eastern Victoria, resigned from cabinet in 2016 due to a contentious agreement on the payment of the firefighters’ union.

Andrews praised Garrett for his sincere support of the working class.

In a statement, Andrews said, “Jane lived a life of service to the labor movement, to the Labor party, and to our state.”

“On behalf of the Victorian government and the parliamentary Labor party, I offer our deep condolences to Jane’s family, friends, and colleagues – and all those who knew and loved her,” he went on to state.

Molly, 19, Sasha, 15, and Max, 10 are the three children that Ms. Garrett leaves behind.

She was the minister for emergency services, consumer affairs, gambling, and liquor control when she first entered the House of Representatives in 2010 as the representative for Brunswick.

Ben Carroll, the minister of public transportation, tweeted his sympathies.

She left the cabinet, however, as Daniel Andrews’ administration pushed through a firefighters’ enterprise bargaining agreement that she was unable to accept.

The mother of three moved to the upper house in 2018, representing eastern Victoria, after a contentious preselection.