Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:03:13): I recognise the life of Wonnarua Elder Uncle Tommy Miller and offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Aunty Narelle, their family and the wider Wonnarua community. Uncle Tommy was a remarkable man—a much-loved leader who helped so many. The Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council paid tribute to Uncle Tommy, saying that he led:

… by example and with kindness. He was never too busy for anyone in need, and always had a shoulder and an ear in your darkest of times. Not an adult or child in our community was untouched by Uncle Tom and his bountiful love for not only our community but all First Nations Peoples.

I take this opportunity to thank Uncle Tommy on behalf of our whole community for his advocacy, leadership, compassion and care. First Nation Elders are vital and respected members of our community who deserve far more recognition and respect for the valuable work they do. Vale, Uncle Tommy, and thank you.