Monday, December 08, 2014

Vale Lynne & Stella

Former Minister for Transport and for Education in the Bracks Labor government Lynne Kosky died last week. She was a warm and compassionate person and committed to the betterment  of society and after listening and reading about what people she came in contact with said, she seemed to me to be a rare breed that was not corrupted by politics and power. She died at the ever so young age of 56 after suffering from cancer. The news was not a surprise but sad nevertheless.


But I don't think anyone saw the death of disabilities advocate, comedian, writer and media performer Stella Young coming. She was entertaining, clever, humorous, challenging and such a no nonsense person.  She was only 32 and many will mourn her death and society is poorer for the loss. Some of her quotes are terrific, such as being a wheelchair bound person, she stopped believing in religion when she heard there was stairway to heaven. Bye bye Stella.

Later edit: Stella wrote a letter to her eighty year old self.

23 comments:

  1. It's funny Andrew but at one time I used to doslike Stella- she was so confronting I didn't want to look at her, I'd turn her off - then I realised she was educating all of us in her own personal way and I listened to everything she said. Not saying I understood all she spoke about or even why but I did listen
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, a bit of a case of liking to hear people we agree with and like and respect as opposed to those who challenge us and often our ever so comfortable way of thinking.

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  2. And I think that word should be - dislike. Auto spell grrrr!

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  3. What a wonderful letter from Stella to her 80 year old self!
    Mine would be much shorter and probably would say: "eighty! you made it to eighty! well done."
    Sad that she died so soon, too soon.
    Sorry to hear about Lynne Kosky too, although I should admit I had no idea who she was.

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    1. Pleased you read it, River. Mine might be, I am astonished I have had lived to eighty.

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  4. I read that letter from Stella to her eighty year old self quite recently. I loved it then, and mourn that she won't be around to read it.
    And Lynne sounded special too.
    Vale to two inspiring women who will be missed - by those they knew and by people who were never lucky enough to meet them.

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    1. EC, our lives are enriched by her time with us. She won't get to read the letter when she is eighty, but we have.

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  5. Stella was actually in the midst of making a show for ABC Local Radio for this summer, along with Kurt Fearnley. The show was due to commence this Saturday night, but we're holding off on episodes we already have recorded (for obvious reasons). Stella and Kurt were actually due to meet in Sydney today through to Wednesday to record further episodes. It was a sad day for myself and the show's producer of having to call guests for the program to tell them the news.

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    1. Really James. I did not know. Sorry and thanks. It isn't the first time our ABC has had to change things at the last minute and won't be the last. I think when the programmes go to air, they will have a higher audience because of Stella's untimely death. Especially if there is extra, but tasteful, publicity.

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  6. Lynne Kosky had everything I admire - female, western suburbs, family woman, socialist, dedicated politician, passionate about education and training. *sigh* What a loss :(

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    1. Hels, a very fine role model for aspiring activists who see the benefits of working within the system but not being tainted by it.

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  7. Both too young to die.
    I have heard Stella talk on TV, she certainly could do so.

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    1. WA, yes iron pot comes to mind.

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  8. I enjoyed reading Stella's letter. I am ashamed to say that I have never heard of these two lovely ladies.

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    1. Diane, I would not expect you to heard of Kosky, but I would have thought Stella might have had Australia wide penetration.

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  9. Brilliant letter.. such a shame now Stella didn't experience the hover chair :) Still with a bit of luck wherever she is she might not even need the wheelchair, that would be nice woukdn't it Andrew :)

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    1. Grace, we don't have our Jetson backpacks in 2014. Why should Stella get a floating chair?

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  10. A couple of weeks to regret. Lynne, Stella, Phillip Hughes plus two personally known to me, my co volunteer at the nursing home and a friendly travelling companion from the river cruise days; all five passed away before their time.

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    1. Victor, Lynne was expected, Stella and Phillip out of the blue from misfortune. The two you knew are more significant, but that is what happens as you become older. Well, losing people in our lives happened to some of us when we were quite a bit younger.

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  11. I was shocked to hear of Stella's death and sad to hear of Lynne's Both too young :(

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    1. Fen, Stella really was from left field and very sade.

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  12. I just read Stella's letter - interesting that she saw right through the whole PC thing of not using the 'wrong' words. It's been a sad week.

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    1. Red, being in the situation does give you the power to go non pc. Signed, an old poof.

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