Greens NSW MP, John Kaye, Dies

Dear fellow Greens,

It is with enormous sadness that we inform you that John Kaye our much loved and respected Greens NSW MP died last night.

John Kaye was a tireless champion for public education, a pioneer on renewable energy, a widely respected Member of Parliament, and a highly principled member of our party.

John was elected to the NSW Upper House in March 2007 where his portfolios have included education, energy, consumer affairs, water and racing and gaming.

Before entering parliament, John taught and researched electrical engineering at the University of NSW where he specialised in sustainable energy and greenhouse issues. John obtained his PhD from the University of California Berkeley.

John’s death from cancer at 60 represents an enormous loss for our party – and for the goals that he championed. He will be sorely missed but his work will continue to inspire us.

Our thoughts are with his partner Lynne and his family in these sad times.

Debbie Gibson & Hall Greenland
Co-convenors, The Greens NSW

Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge has released the following comments to the media:

“With John’s death the Greens NSW and the NSW Parliament have lost an MP of enormous principle, energy and commitment. His colleagues have also lost a dear friend.

“John was a tireless champion of public education, leading the national debate on education funding with an unflagging commitment to TAFE and public schools.

“Public schools and TAFE colleges in this State are stronger, better resourced and more prominent in the national debate due to the work of Dr Kaye.

“A lifelong commitment to public endeavour and social justice saw John campaign across the state in opposition to the privatisation of the state’s electricity sector.

“The Greens NSW will continue to benefit from John’s work in establishing a clear path to NSW becoming the first state with 100% renewable electricity.

“John has always taken to heart his role as a Greens MP for the whole of NSW.

“While John’s parliamentary work is deeply memorable, his community organising was extraordinary.

“Preventing the disastrous Tillegra Dam in the Hunter valley was a personal highlight for John. He attributed this win to his ability to work with a spirited and united local community.

“In the Illawarra John rightly took pride in developing, together with unions and workers, the Greens’ Steel Procurement policy. John’s Steel Industry Protection Bill is still before the NSW parliament.

“John passed away after a struggle with an aggressive cancer which developed in recent months. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family.

“Our thoughts today are with John’s partner Lynne, his sister and brothers Dina, Andrew and Stephen and their families,” Mr Shoebridge said.

A private service will be held this week at Waverley Cemetery. Details of a public celebration of John’s life will be announced shortly.