Sid Spindler dies

News has come through today that former Victorian Democrat Senator, Sid Spindler, a key figure in the founding of the Democrats back in 1977, has died after a fairly long battle with cancer. Sid was 75. He was born in Poland, experiencing the horrors of Nazi occupation and World War II. He came to Australia as […]

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30 years of Democrats

The Democrats had a function in Melbourne on Friday night to mark the 30th anniversary of the party. Apart from the usual interest in catching up with people one hasn’t seen for a while, there was some interesting old video footage of Don Chipp and others from the 70s and early 80s. It was good […]

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Gather the folks, break the bread, tell the stories – the Don Chipp funeral

The cavernous interior of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of Melbourne was filled to capacity. Former Prime Ministers and Governors-General, military brass, diplomatic corps, other past and present political luminaries, past and present Democrat Senators, past and present Democrat members, including some from the old Australia Party days that preceded the Democrats, along with […]

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