“Prominent Northern Territory Indigenous activist Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth died in Darwin on Saturday night aged 62.He had suffered from several cancers and heart problems.In a long and storied career, Mr Tilmouth dedicated himself to Indigenous advancement and helped establish the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, as well as the region’s Aboriginal health service.He also served as director of the Central Land Council – the statutory body representing Aboriginal people over an area of 776,000 square kilometres in the southern half of the NT.Mr Tilmouth claimed to have once rammed former Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s limousine while protesting near Alice Springs.He was a long-time member of the Labor Party, and in the late 1990s was the frontrunner to be pre-selected as the party’s senator for the NT before pulling out of the contest.Following this, he controversially stated: “Labor likes pet niggers, and I’m counted as a pet nigger. I’m allowed to mow the lawns, but I’m not allowed on the verandah.”He was critical of prime minister Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations, saying it was a “big-noting” gesture and purely symbolic with no practical outcomes for Aboriginal people.“I’ll go the big party at the end of the day when everything is done,” he told ABC Darwin 105.7 in 2010.“Unless you’re fair dinkum about doing something with Aboriginal affairs – dealing with issues of land rights, the cultural and social problems – then count me out.”He described Mr Rudd as “going around hugging people and carrying on like a pork chop”.“Every time he sees me he hugs me,” he said of the then prime minister.“I have to tell him now ‘release’ because he won’t let go.”Known as a voluble and fearless opponent, he joked he was the only patient to have put on weight during chemotherapy.Mr Tilmouth died in Darwin Hospital surrounded by family and friends.”Would the suffering community dwellers be better off today with the likes of more Trackers? Yes.Would he have backed the UN Voice? I seriously doubt it.