Minister for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

A/g Minister for Regional Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Vale Dr G Yunupingu

27 July 2017

I was saddened to hear of the passing of prominent Indigenous music artist Dr G Yunupingu.

From the remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho Island, he shared the Yolngu language with the world through his music, bringing to life the deep connection between language and identity.

Dr Yunupingu became the highest-selling Indigenous artist in history, touching the world with his music which was sung in a mix of Yolngu and English.  

The extraordinary work he carried out to support his community and encourage young First Australians to engage in the arts and cultural programs through the G Yunupingu Foundation will continue to inspire and foster great Indigenous artists.

Dr Yunupingu will be remembered for his outstanding musical achievements, his community contributions and his inspiration to artists with disability.

I extend my sincere condolences to his community, family and friends.

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