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SENATOR NIGEL SCULLION

Senator for the Northern Territory

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Media Contact: Jim O’Brien (08) 8981 3567, (02) 6277 3436 or 0418 892 449

27 May 2004

Death of a leader

Senator Nigel Scullion said today that the Territory had lost one its leaders and he had lost a close personal friend with the sudden death of Mr Djerrkura.

“He was a man of great stature and charisma and a natural leader,”Senator Scullion said.

“He bridged the two cultures in a way few have, being both a very senior man in his own culture and a business and political leader in the wider Australian culture.

“Through my years in Arnhem Land and in the years since, Mr Djerrkura has been a long time personal friend.

“I will miss his company, his advice, his knowledge.

“I join with his family and his people in mourning his loss to us and our country.”