Former Labor minister Kim Chance dies

Gary AdsheadThe West Australian
Kim Chance.
Camera IconKim Chance. Credit: WANews

Well respected former Labor MP and minister Kim Chance has died aged 70.

Mr Chance, who was married with two children, started his 16-year parliamentary career in 1992, when he became an Upper House MP for the Agricultural Region.

A sheep farmer, Mr Chance was a staunch defender of the agricultural industry and served as minister for agriculture for farming at different times between 2001 and 2008.

He was a staunch advocate of local manufacturing and spoke out against bank practices, particularly in the rural sector.

Before his death, Mr Chance had also served as chairman of the Fishing Industry Council.

His son Tom posted on Facebook that the world had lost a great man who stuck up for “the little guy”.

“I think many of us grow up thinking our Dads are the smartest and strongest people in the world. Some may grow out of that notion, but I never did,” he wrote.

“When he was a farmer, I saw him stop and bring down a charging Merino ram by literally grabbing it by the horns. This was towards the end of a long day's work.

“When he was a Member of Parliament, I saw him deftly sway upset crowds, leaving them convinced not only that was he on their side, but also that he was the best person to have on their side.

“They got that impression because it was the truth. Dad's passion was sticking up for the little guy, and he dedicated much of his life to doing just that.

“When he became a grandfather, I saw true joy in his face as he made his grandkids laugh by telling jokes and singing silly songs. That made me truly appreciate the father I had growing up. I wish I had told him that before today.

“We love you Dad and will forever miss you.”

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