Standing up for Canberra

ACT Australians of the Year

I really enjoyed this year’s Australia Day events.

On Tuesday I attended the Australian of the Year ceremony, and it was great to cheer the ACT winners with the home crowd.

Congratulations to the:

  • Australian of the Year Professor Ian Chubb AC provided three decades of service to tertiary education and university governance in Australia and internationally. He is Currently Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, he has made an exceptional contribution to the strength and standing of the nation’s university.
  • Senior Australian of the Year Marie Coleman is a former public servant in the Whitlam and the Fraser governments; she was active in providing a positive outlook for women during a period of massive social change. Marie was the first woman to head a Commonwealth Government statutory agency and the first woman to hold the powers of permanent head under the Public Service Act. She was founding Secretary of the National Foundation for Australian Women.
  • Young Australian of the Year David Bresnik is a youth support volunteer with St Vincent De Paul Society. David quickly got involved with sporting activities, excursions and week-long camps for children experiencing hardship and disadvantaged. In 2006 David was elected President for St Joseph’s Conference and in 2008 was appointed Youth Representative for the St Vincent de Paul Canberra and the following year as National Youth Representative.
  • Australia’s Local Hero Alan Jessop has collected for the Salvation Army for 22 years and continues to collect three days a week for the charity he is so passionate about. At the age of 80, Alan has no intention of stopping his charity work. His dedication and diligence are remarkable.
  • His Excellency Matthew Anderson for his outstanding public service in leading the Australian Government's consular and humanitarian response to the September 2009 tsunami in Samoa.

On Australia Day I attended the citizenship ceremony in Commonwealth Park, which was conducted by Prime Minister Gillard.

I was deeply moved by the excitement and commitment of the 50 new Australians who became citizens and joined with them in the affirmation. 

See the speech I made in Parliament congratulating the recipients