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Australian of the Year Alumni celebrate Harmony Day

22 March 2016

Australian of the Year Alumni celebrate Harmony Day

21 March was Harmony Day, a day that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison AO, and 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, visited the Logan community in Queensland to celebrate Logan’s multiculturalism and diversity.

“I am deeply proud to be here at (Woodridge State High School) and in the Logan community because it is very clear that you have embraced true multiculturalism,” Mr Morrison said. “We as a nation recognise the traditional custodians of the land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. But for everybody else, you and me, we’ve come to this country. We’ve come because we or our parents can see a life that can be lived, where potential can be reached and that’s what’s made Australia great.”  

David Morrison, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett in Logan Sir Peter Cosgrove playing host to a thousand guests

They were welcomed to Logan by Queensland state finalist for 2014 Australian of the Year, Gail Ker OAM. “Welcoming new people is a very humbling experience and there is no better community than Logan at welcoming and including newly arrived migrants and refugees,” she said.

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Elsewhere celebrating Harmony Day, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General and 2001 Australian of the Year, hosted around a thousand people for lunch on the lawns of Government House in Canberra. The guests - foreign dignitaries, Indigenous representatives, community leaders, Defence personnel and school students - were seated at a 327-metre-long table. 

2016 Australian of the Year

David Morrison AO

Equality advocate

Few would expect a tough-as-nails Chief of Army to be recognised internationally for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. But when former Lieutenant-General David Morrison order...

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2014 State Nominee Australian of the Year

Gail Ker OAM

Social inclusion advocate

Over the past two decades, Gail Ker has built one of Australia’s most innovative and successful not-for-profit settlement and employment centres – ACCESS Community Services.  Working in one of Au...

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2016 Young Australian of the Year

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

Social entrepreneurs

Best mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then, the world first idea h...

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2001 Australian of the Year

Peter Cosgrove AC MC

Commander of the East Timor Peacekeeping Force

Born into an army family in Sydney, Peter Cosgrove graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968. As a 22-year-old lieutenant in Vietnam, Cosgrove commanded an infantry platoon in a sust...

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