Liberal senator Adams, 68, dies

LIBERAL senator Judith Adams has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 68.

Senator Adams, who was born in Picton, New Zealand, was elected as a Liberal senator for Western Australia in 2004.

She died during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Party spokesman Ben Morton said: ''The thoughts of the Liberal Party are with her family and in particular her sons Stuart and Robert, their partners Anne and Tammy and her grandchildren Taylor and Maelle.

''The Liberal Party, Western Australia and the Senate has lost a strong and determined advocate, a person who put up a fight and stood strong for what they believe in. Judith will be sadly missed.''

Senator Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and underwent chemo and radiotherapy treatment in Perth. She served as deputy opposition whip in the Senate and was instrumental in securing changes to government wheat legislation and Australian Defence Force drug policy.

Before entering politics Senator Adams worked as a nursing sister in the New Zealand Territorial Army. AAP