Congratulations to Gunditjmara leaders Archie Roach and Alby Clarke


Mr  PURCELL  (Western Victoria) (09:58:29) — I rise today to extend my congratulations to two senior Gunditjmara men, firstly to singer-songwriter Archie Roach, who was recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list with an Order of Australia honour for his contribution to Australian culture and Indigenous issues. Until recently Archie was based in Killarney, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, and he has been a popular and prominent member of our community. Archie was taken from his parents at Framlingham as a child, and through his music and community work he has been a vocal advocate for Aboriginal children and the stolen generations.

I would also like to acknowledge Warrnambool athlete and Aboriginal health advocate Alby Clarke, who is training for another major title. I regularly see Mr Clarke running in the Warrnambool streets, and he is now to run a half-marathon in Alice Springs in October. The impressive thing is that Mr Clarke is 83 years of age. Mr Clarke said:

I did the half-marathon when I was 80 and got through alright, so I am confident I can finish this one as well.

Congratulations to both senior Gunditjmara leaders from my region, Mr Archie Roach and Mr Alby Clarke.