I am shattered by the death of Mr Yunupingu, a fine role model, leader and activist for aboriginal people. The Yothu Yindi Foundation did so much to foster reconciliation in Australia. My grandfather died at the age of 92, Mr Yunupingu was only 56. The current political climate shows us that the world desperately needs wise elders like Yunupingu. May we honour his life by closing the gap between health outcomes for our indigenous population and the rest of us boat people.

Vale Margaret Whitlam

Today Australia lost a great feminist, a funny, feisty, smart, witty woman who championed many causes during a life well lived. Margaret Dovey Whitlam inspired many with her service to community and country. As a modern Australian woman I am grateful to her for blazing a trail in the 70s.