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Neville Bonner’s stamp

1971 to 1983 - Jagera man Neville Thomas Bonner was the first Aboriginal person to sit in Australian federal parliament when he was appointed a Liberal Senator for Queensland in 1971.

Initially chosen to fill a casual Senate vacancy, he was subsequently elected in his own right four times, retaining his seat for 12 years. Bonner was a highly principled politician who voted with his conscience, often against party lines. This stamp, displaying Bonner’s name and his job title, was used for his parliamentary work and later served as a souvenir of his time in office.

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