With sadness, WEL acknowledges the passing of Ann Symonds, past politician and dear friend, who accomplished much in her life - a true trailblazer in social and political leadership.

Elizabeth Ann Symonds AM (née Burley; 12 July 1939 – 15 November 2018) was an Australian politician, a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1982 to 1998. She was a teacher educated at Armidale Teachers’ College and UNSW. She was an Alderman on Waverley Council from 1974-1977. Elected to the Upper House of NSW Parliament in 1982, she was an MLC from 1982 to 1998. Ann was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to for significant service to social justice, particularly through drug law reform, and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Vale Ann.

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