Elliott Johnston 26 February 1918 – 25 August 2011
The Communist Party of Australia expresses its great sadness at the news of the passing of Elliott Johnston last night. Elliott was a towering figure in the history of the Communist movement in South Australia and a pillar of strength for the oppressed and marginalised. His career in his beloved legal profession is legend – a judge on the SA Supreme Court Bench, controversial appointment as Queen’s Counsel, head of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Elliott’s loyalty to the Communist cause was unswerving and his support of many other worthy causes widely known. He was regularly called upon to speak at events where a respected and authoritative voice was needed. His burning desire as he approached the end of his well-lived life was that the forces striving for a brighter future, for socialism, should unite. Let’s carry on in that spirit of unity in action in honour of Elliott Johnston.