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Former Senator Susan Ryan dies aged 77


The Bob Hawke-era senator known for her stance against discrimination has passed away.

Susan Ryan was a Labor senator who served between 1975 and 1987, and was pivotal in passing key legislation to protect women from harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The Sex Discrimination Act was a key law passed under her watch.

In 2011 she was appointed Australia's first age discrimination commissioner, later also serving as disability discrimination commissioner.

As the first female minister of the Labor Party and a passionate feminist and human rights campaigner, Susan Ryan will be remembered as an inspiring trailblazer.

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