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Jimmy Little AO

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Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister for Disability Reform

Jimmy Little AO

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has paid tribute to singer Jimmy Little AO.

Jimmy was an icon of the Australian music scene, best known for hits such as ‘Royal Telephone’.

He was also a tireless advocate for improvements to Indigenous health, through the work of the Jimmy Little Foundation and other organisations.

In particular, he lent his considerable support to Indigenous people with renal disease, and assisted people to stay on country while they were ill.

His talent and success made Jimmy Little a role model for many Indigenous young people.

His outstanding contribution has been recognised through a number of awards, including being made an officer of the Order of Australia and appointed as a National Living Treasure.

Ms Macklin extended her condolences to Jimmy Little’s family, friends and the many Australians who were fans of Jimmy’s music and the substantial contribution he made to Indigenous Australians.

Date: 2 April 2012

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