30 November 2021

Federal Labor joins the nation in mourning the death of Mr Dalaithngu AM.
A Yolngu man of the Mandhalpuyngu, Mr Dalaithngu was a remarkable storyteller, painter, dancer and actor whose powerful presence connected with audiences across the world.
At a time when it was uncommon to see black actors on screen and racial stereotypes dominated Australian society, Mr Dalaithngu brought culture and country to mainstream audiences in a way unseen before.
From the moment he first graced the screen at just 15, he was a remarkable and powerful presence.
Mr Dalaithngu transformed Australian cinema. The ground he broke as a performer left a landscape ready for generations of First Nations performers to grow and thrive.
Actor, dancer, painter and proud Yolngu man, he walked tall in two worlds with grace, truth and humour, and remained connected to his language, song, law and country throughout his life.
Our deepest condolences to the families in Ramingining, Maningrida, Darwin, Murray Bridge and across Australia.
Now he walks in another place. May he rest in peace.