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Australian Labor great Neville Wran dies aged 87

Published on Apr 21, 2014 10:22 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Former Australian state premier Neville Wran has died at the age of 87, prompting tributes from both sides of politics on Monday for the man who led New South Wales in the 1970s and 80s.

Wran was premier of Australia's most populous state, which is home to the city of Sydney, from 1976 to until his sudden retirement in 1986 and during that time never lost an election for his Labor Party.

Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott noted Wran's passing, describing the barrister from Sydney's working-class Balmain as "one of the most significant figures of his generation".

Labor's former foreign minister Bob Carr, who served as a minister in Wran's cabinet, said the former premier had a strong legacy, including anti-discrimination laws and environmental protection.

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