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Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Page: 6


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:24): The Leader of the Opposition mentioned to me that it would be appropriate for the House to mark the passing of Dame Elisabeth Joy Murdoch. I am happy for the House to do so, and the Leader of the Opposition wishes to say a few words. As I am sure all members of the House are aware, Dame Elisabeth led a remarkable life in every way. It was remarkable for its length: she was born on 8 February 1909 and died on 5 December 2012. It was an incredible life—to have lived through such an era of change. It was a remarkable life for her generosity. She was a patron of and contributor to so many Victorian charities and beyond. She was noted for her philanthropy in every way, particularly in the arts but not just in the field of the arts. Dame Elisabeth was a very familiar figure to Victorians through her philanthropy. He life was remarkable too in its legacy: at her death she had 77 direct living descendants—an amazing thing. No matter at what age someone loses their mother, loses a parent, it is a painful thing. At the time of Dame Elisabeth's death I expressed my condolences to her children Helen, Rupert, Anne and Janet, and I do so here as well.