Jane Hill, Australian politician, died at 79

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Jane Margaret Hill, born on July 13, 1936 and died September 7, 2015, she was an Australian politician.

She was an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 1992, representing the electorates of Frankston and Frankston North.

Jane was born in the rural town of Dimboola, where she attended Dimboola State School and Dimboola High School.

She moved to Melbourne after completing high school, and worked as a mothercraft nurse until her marriage in 1956.

She lived in regional Victoria from 1956 to 1969, when she returned to Melbourne, settling in Frankston.

Jane resumed work in 1974, taking up a position as a catering officer at the Frankston Nursing Home.

She was elected to the City of Frankston council in 1979, and held both positions simultaneously until her election to parliament in 1982.

Frankston was widely considered to be a safe Liberal seat in 1982, and Jane did not expect to win when she was preselected as the Labor candidate at the 1982 state election.

Amidst a strong statewide Labor victory, however, she received a swing of 7.3%, defeating incumbent Liberal MP Graeme Weideman by 76 votes in what was widely considered a major upset.

Her seat was divided in two by a redistribution ahead of the 1985 election, where she was re-elected as the member for Frankston North. She was again re-elected in 1988.

Jane faced a much tougher battle for re-election at the 1992 state election, as Labor lost office in a landslide defeat.

She contested the new seat of Frankston East against new Liberal candidate Peter McLellan, but was narrowly defeated in a result so close it was not known for several days.

Jane Hill died at age 79 on September 7, 2015.

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