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Finalists Announced

Australian of the Year

Deng Adut
Child soldier turned successful Lawyer

Senior Australian of the Year

Dr John Knight AM
Doctor and altruist supporting elderly Australians in need

Young Australian of the Year

Arthur Alla
Reconciliation champion and Founder of Red Earth

Australia's Local Hero

Josephine Peter
Life-long volunteer, with seven decades of giving back

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21 December 2016

The Australian of the Year awards are all about recognising amazing Australian stories and we believe Catherine’s is a story that deserved to be told and recognised.

Joint Exhibition Commemorates 2017 Australian of the Year National Finalists

15 December 2016

The National Museum of Australia and the National Australia Day Council (NADC) today launched an exhibition of personal objects representing the experiences of the 2017 Australian of the Year national finalists.

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RT @jasonballau: Watch @ABCTV from 7:30pm on Wed 25 Jan to catch the 2017 @ausoftheyear Awards. So honoured to be in the running https://t.…

20 January 2017 a 1:05pm

Have fun and can't wait to catch up in #CBR for the #ausoftheyear presentation next week! 🏆

20 January 2017 a 1:05pm

RT @PlantedARose: Speaking up for those without a voice @AusoftheYear @ChatterTas

19 January 2017 a 10:31pm

Just one week to go until the announcement of the 2017 #AusoftheYear

18 January 2017 a 10:26pm