Simon Crean Wiki – Simon Crean Biography
Simon Crean, a former Labour leader and federal government minister, died in Europe at the age of 74. Crean died suddenly while overseas on Sunday, Guardian Australia understands. Crean led the Australian Labor Party from November 2001 to December 2003, a difficult period for the party after its third federal election defeat to John Howard. Crean spearheaded Labor’s opposition to the Iraq War but was replaced as leader ahead of the 2004 federal election. Crean served as a minister in Labor governments under prime ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, including as trade minister from 2007 to 2010. He was president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 1985 to 1990. The current member for Hotham, Crean’s former seat, and home affairs minister Clare O’Neil said it was “unbelievably sad news”.
Simon Crean was 74 years old.
Simon Crean Death: Tributes
“Simon was a giant of the Labor Party and the labor movement,” she wrote on Twitter. “He was a Labor icon; integral to Australian politics and industrial relations for more than forty years. And he was my mentor and friend. “Simon’s length of service to our nation was extraordinary. He served eight terms as the Member for Hotham. He was the only person to be a part of cabinets during the Hawke, Keating, Rudd, and Gillard Governments. “Simon made Australia a better, fairer country. He was a reformer, a thinker, a doer, a negotiator; a politician who bought a good mind and a good heart to every task. He was egalitarian to his core – equally at home in the suburbs or a country, on the factory floor or the boardroom, at the footy or at the opera. “And his service to my community, in South East Melbourne, is the stuff of legend. Simon served the people of Hotham for 23 years.
My community, where he is still worshipped as a hero, owes him a great deal. “Simon Crean supported Labor women, and he backed me every moment of my life in the Labor Party. I will miss him terribly. He was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. This is an incredibly sad day for Simon’s family and my thoughts are with them tonight.” The opposition leader, Peter Dutton, paid tribute to Crean on social media giving his condolences and best wishes to Crean’s wife Carole and family and friends, saying it was a sad day and he was shocked and saddened to hear the news.