Victorian politician and passionate anti-family violence campaigner Fiona Richardson saved lives with her work before cancer cruelly took hers, aged just 50.
Despite a publicised battle with cancer dating back to 2013, and recent revelation of multiple tumours, the mother-of-two's shock death on Wednesday rocked Spring Street.
State parliament sat for only 12 minutes on Thursday, while flags outside were at half-mast in tribute to Australia's first minister for the prevention of family violence.
Premier Daniel Andrews placed her greatest legacy, the 2000-page royal commission report, on her chair on the front bench, with two yellow roses on top.
Her colleagues wore purple, the colour used in the campaign against family violence.
Speaker Colin Brooks' voice wavered as he recited the Lord's Prayer.
Ms Richardson's work changed the state, Mr Andrews told the legislative assembly.
"A change that has saved lives and will continue to save lives into the future," he said.
She lived her values, and demanded the same of those around her, he told his colleagues.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said Ms Richardson "left a mark in this place that few will."
"There are many Victorian women that will lead a happy and safe life as a result of the work that she has done," he told the parliament.
A wife and mum, Ms Richardson announced she was taking a leave of absence early in August.
She had already successfully fought breast cancer in 2013.
Born in Tanzania in 1966, her family came to Australia three years later.
Elected to the inner-north Melbourne electorate of Northcote in 2006, Ms Richardson was put in charge of the family violence portfolio in 2014, but only revealed her own battle last year.
Together with her mother and siblings, Ms Richardson was a victim of family violence at the hand of her father.
Anti-family violence campaigner and survivor Rosie Batty on Thursday said she and Ms Richardson quickly became friends through their work and urged the state government to carry on her mate's legacy.
"The area of prevention, which is where she's so passionate about, really does need funding and it needs to be a vision that we all can see," Ms Batty told reporters.
"We have to work on generational change."
Ms Richardson's family also wants to see her work continue.
"Fiona had unfinished business. She wanted violence in the home to stop and she knew for that to happen it would take dedication and leadership over the course of a generation," the family said in a statement.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also paid tribute to the Labor politician on Thursday.