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Australian Senator tears up in powerful speech on grief

Australian Senator Janet Rice tears up in front of Australian Parliament as she grieves her wife and all of the lives lost in the wildfires.

The couple met and married before Dr Whetton affirmed her identity as a woman

Sen. Janet Rice posted a heartbreaking tribute to her wife, climate scientist Penny Whetton, who died "in her favorite spot" at the age of 61. In a Facebook post, Senator Rice said Dr Whetton had travelled to their holiday house in Sisters Beach, Tasmania, alone and was found "still sitting on the couch, computer on her lap". Dr Whetton had helped lead the CSRIO's climate change research and was one of the lead authors on the fourth assessment report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Action, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

The couple met at university 38 years ago, getting married shortly after

After Dr Whetton made the decision to undergo a gender transition, the pair became much-loved figures of the LGBTIQ+ community, often speaking candidly about the barriers they faced. Tributes flowed on social media, with many acknowledging Dr Whetton's contributions to the LGBTIQ+ rights movement. Sally Rugg, executive director of Change.org Australia, said she was “part of the heartbeat of the LGBTIQ+ activist community”. Rodney Croome, founder of Australian Marriage Equality, former national director of Australian Marriage Equality, said that he was “overwhelmed with sadness” at Whetton’s untimely passing.

Janet said she never considered ending their relationship

This is despite being shocked at first and the subsequent challenges they faced from family and friends. Sen. Rice described her wife as “a scientist and artist, intelligent, creative and able to turn her hand and her intellect to almost anything, from the climate science that was her profession, to landscape painting and furniture making.” Sen. Rice said a memorial fund would be established in Dr Whetton's name, with the goal of supporting revegetation and erosion control work at her beloved holiday spot, Sisters Beach.

Brut.

02/04/2020 6:42 PM
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25 comments

  • Paul P.
    02/25/2020 14:31

    Weren't the fires started by people not by global warming?

  • Marc C.
    02/23/2020 18:16

    I CAN'T UNDERSTAND THIS DUDE.

  • Bethany K.
    02/23/2020 03:41

    Yes ma'am!

  • June S.
    02/21/2020 22:16

    Very sorry for your loss. 🙏

  • Martina C.
    02/19/2020 07:48

    Condolence Mrs. Senator Rice. You are blessed. Gather the people,friends and families. PLANT TREES IN rememberance.

  • Manrique P.
    02/16/2020 18:06

    May their souls rest eternally on Greta Thunbergs' arms 🙌

  • Fale F.
    02/08/2020 18:20

    After the Christians prayed to Jesus for intervention due to the fire, now here comes the godless from hiding running their mouths again.

  • Jennifer R.
    02/08/2020 03:41

    LOOK UP SADHU SALVERAJ PROPHECY IN 2017 REPENT AUSTRALIA FOR JUDGMENT IS UPON THE LAND WHERE THERE IS GREAT WICKEDNESS. EVEN CHINA WAS BURNING DOWN THE CROSS AND CHURCHES OF GOD IN 2018 REMOVING THEIR PROTECTION WHOM IS OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST OUR ONLY HOPE AND SAVIOUR. DEPART FROM EVIL AND REPENT OF EVIL WAYS. SEEK JESUS, KNOW THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. 🙏❤

  • Sharon D.
    02/07/2020 09:28

    no ta esaki ta e senjora aya??

  • Elizabeth W.
    02/07/2020 04:43

    Wow! Brilliant, and heartfelt!

  • Amy M.
    02/06/2020 22:02

    I’m sorry 🥺

  • Tammy L.
    02/06/2020 12:40

    Much love from the US. 💔

  • Jacki E.
    02/06/2020 00:30

    We all lost her with all the good things she was doing. My condolences to you, I hear your pain. 💔

  • Zues S.
    02/05/2020 19:44

    Question So what happened to the 100plus people that got caught spreading fires are they held responsible for all the crops buildings and lives lost

  • Essien N.
    02/05/2020 15:22

    What is She saying? Is she mourning for her sins of whoredom, a woman marrying a woman or is she crying for their godlessness . May God deliver that country and save the pitiful masses from this judgement of God.

  • Hiroki U.
    02/05/2020 13:24

    みんなで考えよう!

  • Aung M.
    02/05/2020 05:22

    😃😃😃

  • Michelle W.
    02/05/2020 03:20

    Climate science and our collective humanity brought together beautifully. 🤙🏾💕😎

  • Paul T.
    02/05/2020 01:32

    Climate change is a hoax

  • John Q.
    02/05/2020 00:40

    Only 8 comments in 5 hours? Looks like has no mojo.