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Faith Bandler AC

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

More information about Abbott, Tony on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 14/02/2015

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 24196

Our country has lost a champion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Faith Bandler AC.

Ms Bandler was a tireless social activist, best known for leading the political campaign which resulted in the landmark 1967 referendum that ensured Indigenous Australians were counted as full citizens and gave the Federal Government responsibility for Indigenous Affairs.

Ms Bandler served in the Australian Women's Land Army in World War II.

She helped form the Aboriginal Australian Fellowship and served as General-Secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

In 2009, Ms Bandler was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service to Aboriginal welfare and is a recipient of the Human Rights Medal.

She was 96.

Ms Bandler is survived by her daughter, Lilon Gretl.

Her family has been offered a state funeral in recognition of her service to our country.

14 February 2015

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