'She fought until the very end': Fiona Richardson remembered as fearless advocate

Georgie Moore
AAP

Long-serving Victorian MP Fiona Richardson has been remembered as a fearless advocate for family violence survivors after her death from cancer.

Ms Richardson died aged 50 on Wednesday night, just a day after revealing she had been diagnosed with multiple tumours.

Her family said the wife and mother-of-two was an unwavering advocate for family violence survivors.

Last year, Ms Richardson opened up about her own history of domestic violence at the hands of her alcoholic, abusive father in Tanzania.

"Her decision to talk about her own family's experience on Australian Story took guts," her family said in a statement.

Victorian MP Fiona Richardson has died from cancer. Photo: AAP

Premier Daniel Andrews said Ms Richardson "was a person of conviction, of character, of extraordinary composure" and could never be replaced.

"Not in our government. Not in our movement. Not ever," Mr Andrews said.
Vic MP is battling multiple tumours

"Fiona fought until the very end. In fact, she only relieved herself of her parliamentary responsibilities yesterday."

Ms Richardson held the inner seat of Northcote since 2006 and was the first Australia politician to be named a minister for the prevention of family violence.

The Labor right factional leader joined the party in 1991 and successfully fought breast cancer in 2013.

Ms Richardson held the inner seat of Northcote since 2006 and was the first Australia politician to be named a minister for the prevention of family violence. Photo: AAP

She announced she was taking a leave on absence more than two weeks ago before revealing her diagnosis of multiple tumours on Tuesday.

On Twitter, federal party leader Bill Shorten said "we've lost a remarkable, brave and inspirational woman".

Victoria's opposition leader Matthew Guy wrote "the sadness at Spring Street will be immense".