Remarkable, Resilient and Admirable: Kathy Smith, Labor MP for Gosford, announces her resignation
Today is a sad day for the Labor Party. Kathy Smith, the Labor MP for Gosford, has announced her resignation from NSW Parliament. Kathy has annouced her resignation because her cancer has returned.
Kathy was diagnosed with cancer last year and doctors were confident at the time that she’d win her second battle with the disease that first struck her in 1996. Unfortunately the disease has now metastasised and requires further treatment.
Kathy's first battle with this disease led her to become a cancer advocate, then Chair of Cancer Voices NSW, and ultimately represent her community in the NSW Parliament.
I said when Kathy was diagnosed that she had all our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. Now with her resignation we are losing a remarkable, resilient and admirable woman, mother and colleague.
Her spirit and outlook will be missed around Parliament and important though her work here was she has a much bigger battle ahead. She has our entire sincere good wishes for that struggle.
Please give her your best thoughts, and prayers. She and her family will get strength from that.
Luke Foley Leader of the Opposition