Monday, June 01, 2015

Another one bites the dust

I am very saddened to learn that former State Premier Joan Kirner AC has died. Twitter failed me, only finding out once home this evening and R telling me. In my view she was the most principled person in politics one would ever come across. She was handed the poisoned chalice of the Premiership in the dying days of a discredited Labor government and yet earned the respect of everyone in politics. It was impossible for the Labor government to be re-elected but Joan went about her premiership diligently. She is Victoria's only female Premier and ruled from 1990 until 1992. The worst thing she ever did was drive up Williamstown property prices by the fact that she lived there and loved the town. If Joan reckons it is a good place, it must be.


While I don't want it to be seen as belittling the memories of her significant life time achievements, she also had a sense of humour and fun, as you can see in this clip from a television comedy show. Vale Joan. You were a good scout and a decent person.



22 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful clip - and a great way to remember her.

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    1. Pretty sporting of her EC.

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  2. Great clip I had heard she had a wonderful sense of humour.
    Sad to hear of her passing.
    Merle.................

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    1. She didn't mind a laugh at here own expense Merle.

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  3. She sounds like a wonderful person, and a good sense of humour belittles no one.

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    1. Humour helps a lot in life. Btw, I don't adjust my spelling when on American blogs. I don't expect you to.

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    2. It's the way I spell all the time now Andrew... an act of solidarity with my sweetheart, who has been informed numerous times over the years that he should learn how to 'speak English' and 'spell right'.
      Ah my broad-minded countrymen/women.

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    3. Jac, as I was typing, I thought that myself. I can't remember who now, but an American person recently queried how I spelt humour, in one of my own comments on my own blog! She meant no harm and was not unkind, but I am surprised that some people aren't aware of different spellings. I don't know enough young people here to be sure, but I suspect American spelling is quite widely used by them. While often criticised for the the policy decision, even our major centre left party is called the Labor Party.

      I think if I lived in the US, I would modify some of my spelling, especially the or/our words. It really isn't a big deal here. Language, ever interesting.

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  4. andrew, it is so nica that some politicians are pretty people.. It is not so common nowadays..

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    1. Gosia, they are too rare.

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  5. Sad news, she fought hard against the disease. Love the video :) liked to have a good time, it tells on her face.

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    1. WA, she had been so unwell for so long with various issues. A sad way to end a good life.

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  6. I'd completely forgotten about her. Such is my interest in politics.

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    1. River, she did pop up here every so often.

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  7. Great clip! Thanks for the introduction.. and tribute.

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  8. Viewed from the distance of NSW, Joan Kirner always seemed to me a decent person. There don't seem to be many of them in power positions in Parliaments these days.

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    1. Yes, innate decency. There was the very decent NSW Premier.........ah, um. Yes, well.

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    2. Actually both Morris Iemma and Kristina Kennealy were decent people and I think Mike Baird is too (although a little too Christian for my tastes). Unfortunately the first was deposed and the second lost Government. Don't know what might happen to the third.

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    3. My memories of Iemma are a bit hazy now. I was never sure about Kennealy.

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  9. Was very sad to learn of her passing. I posted that clip on Twitter, it's still one of my fondest closing songs of the Late Show.

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    1. Fen, the clip was rather overused after he death was announced. I thought I did well to get something together by 10pm. Normally I would have left it to be published at 6am the next day.

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