South Australian Liberal Senator Jeannie Ferris has died in a Canberra hospital after a battle with cancer.
Senator Ferris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005 and had been receiving treatment at the Canberra Hospital for the past several weeks.
Democrats Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja says Senator Ferris will be greatly missed in the halls of parliament and beyond.
“For many of us we’ve lost a dear, dear friend and colleague.
“Her work particularly in recent times on cross-party women’s work, her establishment of an ovarian cancer research facility, her work on stem cells, her work as whip, all of these are part of her proud legacy.”
Senator Ferris was indeed a great friend to women, and was very involved in all of the most prominent examples of cross-party co-operation over the last couple of years. She genuinely cared about these issues, and fought hard for them – even against the anti-women and anti-science forces in her own party in a government-controlled Senate.
Vale, Jeannie Ferris.