I rise today to support the Hon. Kyam Maher's motion acknowledging the life and contribution of Narungga/Kaurna Elder Tauto Sansbury. I wish to join those on all sides of politics, and many more Australians, in extending my condolences to Tauto's family, friends and the wider Aboriginal community.
Tauto's dedication to his family and his people throughout his life is undeniable. He has shown active leadership over many years, always championing improvements for his communities. Tauto's community leadership started in the 1970s when he began as the first field officer for the Aboriginal Sobriety Group, an Indigenous corporation. Since then Tauto has remained a constant voice in South Australia through his leadership in communities and contributions on many committees.
Tauto was not motivated by this work for personal accolades but rather dedicated his working life to advocating for what he believed would have positive influence on his communities. His community was his motivation and propelled him in the face of often challenging circumstances. Despite the challenges, Tauto's accomplishments are wideranging, including winning the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.
I wish to recognise Tauto as someone who lived his life standing up for what he believed in and who strived to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians in our country. I wholeheartedly support the motion, and thank the Hon. Kyam Maher, the Hon. Mark Parnell and the Hon. Tammy Franks for their comments. I offer Tauto's family and friends my condolences.