Indigenous trailblazer Ernie Bridge will be sadly missed

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Australia’s first Aboriginal government Minister ,Ernie Bridge AM, a trailblazer and role model for Aboriginal people and a genuinely great Australian, will be sadly missed, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said.

“I was saddened to hear of the death of Ernie Bridge, a former WA government Cabinet Minister and tireless worker for his people,” Senator Scullion said.

“Mr Bridge proudly served the people of his Kimberley electorate for two decades and was a strong advocate for the northern part of Western Australia, for Aboriginal people and for all Western Australians.

“He was also one of the nicest people, not just in politics, but in life.

“Mr Bridge understood the importance of a job being the best way out of poverty .His work on trailblazing employment and health and diabetes projects saw him regularly in the halls of Parliament House in Canberra advising Ministers and gathering support for his hands on work at places like Noonkanbah in WA.

“His passion and commitment and considerable achievements saw him become an Order of Australia Member and earned him the respect of all sides of politics.

“I offer my condolences to Mr Bridge’s children Kim, Noel, Cheryl and Beverly and to all his family and friends who will be mourning his passing. His invaluable contribution has left this country a better place for all Australians,” Senator Scullion said.

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