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Trevor Kaine dead at 80

By 6 June 2008 10

The ABC is reporting that tributes are coming in for former chief minister Trevor Kaine who died recently at the age of 80.

Trevor Kaine served as the Liberal opposition leader in the ACT’s first Legislative Assembly under self-government and became the Territory’s second chief minister seven months later.

Mr Kaine suffered a stroke five years ago and had been in ill health since.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has offered to hold a state funeral for Mr Kaine.

RIP Mr Kaine. Your name is now indelibly marked in the annuls of ACT history.

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10 Responses to Trevor Kaine dead at 80
#1
EtFb10:25 am, 06 Jun 08

RIP Mr Kaine. Your name is now indelibly marked in the annuls of ACT history.

Common illiteracy, or Freudian slip?

(At least he didn’t say “the anals of ACT history”, I suppose. Small mercies.)

#2
Thumper10:36 am, 06 Jun 08

Late night, early morning ;)

#3
la mente torbida11:48 am, 06 Jun 08

How can we have a state funeral….we’re not a state

#4
Crikey12:16 pm, 06 Jun 08

He’s been very sick for a very long time. So yeah RIP.

#5
Wide Boy Jake2:49 pm, 06 Jun 08

Isn’t this the same Trevor Kaine who as Chief Minister closed Royal Canberra Hospital and ordered the destruction of the weir at Casuarina Sands? I’m not too upset at his passing . . .

#6
Crikey2:56 pm, 06 Jun 08

And with the respect you reflect Wide Boy Jake I am sure there will be many cheers at your passing.

#7
Mr Evil4:04 pm, 06 Jun 08

He could have at least done us all a favour and taken a few of the current rabble from the Vegetative Assembly with him to the “other side”!

#8
VicePope5:27 pm, 06 Jun 08

I can recall his time in the Assembly. He wasn’t too bad, and would have shone today in what the Libs still laughingly call a party. Some life experience and pragmatism, and a generally courteous manner. Definitely in the top rank of what we have had since self-government.

#9
disenfranchised10:50 am, 08 Jun 08

Our first leader in the Assembly. May he RIP. He was a strong leader when in the Liberal Party and very fair. He would have dealt directly with some of rabble that ended up derailing the Liberal Party in recent years. He will be remembered and respected, unlike some of the “little big men” in the Liberal Party in recent years.

#10
ant12:10 pm, 08 Jun 08

True, disenfranchised. Compare Kaine with Brendan Smythe, for instance! Or Stefaniak. We’ve really gone backwards.

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