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It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to the remarkable life of Faith Bandler.

Faith Bandler will be remembered for her lifelong dedication and courage in championing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

A remarkable woman of South Sea Islander heritage, Faith began her life in the small rural town of Tumbulgum, NSW.

Following her service in the Australian Women’s Land Army during World War II, Faith led a campaign for equal pay for Indigenous workers.

She went on to become a respected writer and fearless civil rights activist.

Faith was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Australian Fellowship in 1956 and subsequently became the General-Secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

A passionate advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Faith was a driving force in the 1967 referendum.

Her legacy lives on in our journey toward the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Faith was awarded an Order of Australia and was named a National Living Treasure in honour of her lifelong commitment to Indigenous equality.

The Federal Australian Labor Party offers Faith Bandler’s loved ones our deepest condolences on her passing.



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