Like all of her friends and supporters, I am devastated by the news that Vanessa is not expected to make a recovery from the aggressive form of cancer which she has been diagnosed.
Vanessa is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and considerate people you could ever wish to meet. Combining those characteristics with her considerable talents has made her a formidable advocate for the community and an outstanding Parliamentarian.
Her departure from public life will leave a large hole and I pay tribute to her considerable achievements as the Member for Pembroke and as a Minister in the Tasmanian Government.
Vanessa will remain in my thoughts and prayers.