A politician from Australia named Jane Furneaux Garrett has died following a battle with cancer. Before moving to the Victorian Legislative Council to represent Eastern Victoria in 2018, she served as the Labor Party’s representative for Brunswick in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 2010 to 2018. On March 16, 1973, she was born in the Australian city of Melbourne.

For the office of ALP National President, Garrett ran on the Left’s slate of candidates. Her time as the nation’s junior vice president, to which she was elected, began in December 2011. Garrett worked as a shadow cabinet secretary before the 2014 state election.

Garrett was appointed to two cabinet positions in the newly-elected Andrews Labor administration after winning re-election in 2014: Minister for Emergency Services and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming, and Liquor Regulation.


Jane Garrett
Jane Garrett

Following a disagreement over an enterprise bargaining agreement between the Victorian government, the Country Fire Authority (CFA), and the United Firefighters Union on June 9, 2016, Garrett resigned from the Andrews Ministry.

Garrett shared on Facebook in November 2016 that she had recently undergone a successful breast cancer surgery and will be taking a four-month leave of absence from her position as a member of parliament.

On September 27, 2017, Garrett announced that she would not run for office in Brunswick at the upcoming state election, preferring to apply for preselection for the Western Metropolitan Region seat on the Victorian Legislative Council.

Cancer returned in 2022, and on July 2nd, that year, she died.

Is Jane Garrett Married?

Jane Garrett was married. Her husband is James Higgins with whom he had three children. There is nothing else known about James as he keeps a low profile.


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