Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has expressed great sadness at the loss of Janet Frances Powell AM, former leader of the Australian Democrats but more recently a dedicated campaigner, member and candidate for the Australian Greens.
"On behalf of the Australian Greens I pay tribute to Janet's life and achievements. She was a pioneer and role model for women in politics and a tireless campaigner for women's rights and recognition," Senator Milne said.
"I offer my heartfelt condolences and express great sadness at the loss of Janet, who was not only a supporter but a friend to me.
"Her battle with cancer came after a life dedicated to public service. She was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of her service to the Parliament and people of Australia.
"Our thoughts are with Janet's family and friends, who will mourn her loss but celebrate her lifetime of significant contribution to women, community and the nation."