The family of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett has accepted a state funeral to farewell the former emergency services minister who has died from breast cancer at the age of 49.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the family accepted his offer on Sunday.
"This afternoon, Jane Garrett's family advised me they will accept the offer of a state funeral," he wrote on Twitter.
"Details of a service to mark her life, and contribution to our state, will be released in coming days".
Ms Garrett, an MP since 2010, was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and announced late last year she would not stand for re-election in the 2022 state poll.
The member for Brunswick and for Eastern Victoria quit cabinet in 2016 over a controversial firefighters' union pay deal.
Her death on Saturday evening was announced in a statement from her family, who praised her "contagious love of life and people".
Former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks also paid tribute to Ms Garrett as a committed public servant. She had worked for him for four years as a senior advisor during his premiership.
"Jane was highly intelligent and determined to make the world a better place," he said in a statement.
"She did that. She didn't waste a minute. She lived a life of service, as a a lawyer, adviser, mayor, member of parliament and minister"
"The Labor movement has lost a true champion," said Mr Bracks.
Mr Andrews also spoke of Ms Garrett's heartfelt advocacy for working people.
"Jane lived a life of service to the labour movement, to the Labor party, and to our state," Mr Andrews said in a statement on Saturday.
"I cannot imagine the grief her family, particularly her three children, must be feeling at this incredibly difficult time - my thoughts are with them."
She is survived by her three children, Molly, aged 19, 15-year-old Sasha, and Max, 10.
Australian Associated Press
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