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Slim Dusty Honoured At State Funeral

Slim Dusty, the Australian Country and Western singer who died last week, has been honoured at a State Funeral in Sydney.

Slim DustySlim Dusty was 76 when he died of kidney cancer. To many he epitomised the essence of what it is to be an Australian. Of his many hit records, undoubtedly the best known was “A Pub With No Beer”.

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition attended the funeral, hearing tributes from Dusty’s children.

Other speakers at the funeral included the businessman Dick Smith and the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Peter Garrett, who paid tribute to Slim Dusty’s commitment to the environment and indigenous relations.

The funeral service was listened to by a large crowd outside St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and broadcast live on ABC television, Channel 9 and Sky News. It was also transmitted to indigenous communities throughout Australia.

  • Listen to Peter Garrett’s eulogy (5m)
  • Listen to the complete funeral service (97m)
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