Greens MP John Kaye a ‘fearless’ renewable energy advocate

Greens MP John Kaye front centre
Greens MP John Kaye front centre

NSW Greens MLC John Kaye is being remembered as a fearless and principled renewable energy advocate, following his death from cancer at age 60.

It was revealed in February that Dr Kaye, who was elected to the upper house of the NSW parliament in 2007, had been diagnosed with cancer and would be unable to return to Parliament to resume his duties.

“John passed away after a struggle with an aggressive cancer which developed in recent months. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family,” Greens MLC David Shoebridge said in a statement.

“He was a tireless champion of public education, leading the national debate on education funding with an unflagging commitment to TAFE and public schools.”

“Our community and this world has lost a champion for renewable energy, for public education, and one of the greatest advocates against the agenda of privatisation and sell-offs,” NSW MP Jamie Parker said.

Before entering parliament, Dr Kaye taught and researched electrical engineering at the University of NSW where he specialised in sustainable energy and greenhouse issues. He obtained his PhD from the University of California Berkeley.