|Senator for Victoria|
1 July 1990 – 30 June 1996
9 July 1932|
|Died||1 March 2008
|Political party||Australian Democrats|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
Spindler was born in Łódź, Poland. After migrating to Australia, he studied at the University of Melbourne where he graduated LL.B. His background as a refugee from World War II Europe influenced what he described as
a personal quest to resolve issues related to the Holocaust, reaching a conclusion that a repetition can be prevented only if every human being is respected and treated equally, regardless of race, religion, gender and sexuality.
He was an administrator of the Alice Springs Community College and an organiser and candidate for the Australia Party before joining the Australian Democrats and becoming senior adviser to Don Chipp and Janine Haines.
Spindler was Victorian state president of the Australian Democrats from 1985 to 1989 and a national vice-president from 1987 to 1990. He was elected as a senator for Victoria in 1990, serving from 1 July 1990 to 30 June 1996 and managing a range of shadow-ministerial portfolios, as was mandatory for all Democrat parliamentarians. In parliament he spoke in support of the rights of Aborigines, refugees, prisoners, pensioners, taxpayers and the environment. He also spoke and campaigned against child labour and sexual discrimination. He retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 1996.
Spindler and his family established the Towards a Just Society Fund in 2002, which distributes $200,000 annually to help Aboriginal students.
- Sid Spindler monograph in 30 Years: Australian Democrats, Melbourne 2007, page 35
- Spindler S Gordon Barton—electoral impacts (Speech at Sydney University, 3 Sep 2005)
- "Biography for Spindler, Sid". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "Sid Spindler, Democrats icon, dies". The Herald Sun. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.[dead link]
- "Democrat stalwart Sid Spindler dies". The Age. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "Sid Spindler dies". Andrew Bartlett. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "A cautionary tale of hypocrisy and ambition". Melbourne: The Age. 5 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-03-02.