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FINALISTS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012 NOW ANNOUNCED
The roll call of inspiring Australians in the running for the Australian of the Year Awards 2012 is now finalised, with all State & Territory award recipients announced at a series of events around Australia over the past three weeks.
State & Territory award recipients in the four award categories - Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero - are now finalists for the national awards which will be announced in Canberra on 25 January 2012.
Those now in consideration for the national awards are:
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2012 - FINALISTS
New South Wales - Father Chris Riley AM
Victoria - Geoffrey Rush
Queensland - Bruce and Denise Morcombe
Western Australia - Professor Donna Cross
South Australia - Robyn Layton QC
Tasmania - Robert Pennicott
Australian Capital Territory - Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC
Northern Territory - Dr John Boffa
SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2012 - FINALISTS
New South Wales - Barbara Holborow OAM
Victoria - Dr Nouria Salehi OAM
Queensland - David Williamson AO
Western Australia - George Jones AM
South Australia - Dr Bruce Foster AM
Tasmania - Kieran Brown
Australian Capital Territory - Betty Churcher AO
Northern Territory - Laurie Baymarrwangga
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2012 - FINALISTS
New South Wales - Jennifer Star
Victoria - Marita Cheng
Queensland - Chris Raine
Western Australia - David Pocock
South Australia - Rebecca Richards
Tasmania - Greg Irons
Australian Capital Territory - Dr Sam Prince
Northern Territory - Rebecca Healy
AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO 2012 - FINALISTS
New South Wales - Lynne Sawyers
Victoria - Ahmed Dini
Queensland - Doug Hislop
Western Australia - Helen Fitzroy
South Australia - Dr Leon Earle
Tasmania - Viktor Zappner
Australian Capital Territory - Julie Tongs
Northern Territory - Rob Cook
Tam Johnston, Program Director for the National Australia Day Council, said the finalists for the 2012 national awards had all been nominated for their achievements or contributions.
“The state and territory award recipients, who are now finalists for the national titles, are people who make their fellow Australians proud," said Ms Johnston.
"They have made an impact in many ways - some at an international level, others as quiet achievers in their local communities, but all are people we can be very proud of."
The Commonwealth Bank has been the major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. Chief Executive Officer Ralph Norris congratulated all the state and territory award recipients.
"The Commonwealth Bank is proud to be part of acknowledging the work and efforts of an impressive group of Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards," said Mr Norris.
"This year's state and territory award recipients are extraordinary people that we can all be inspired by. It is the passion and determination of individuals like these that make Australia a terrific country. I wish them the best of luck for the national awards in January."
The announcement of the Australian of the Year Awards 2012 will be held on the lawns outside Parliament House, Canberra from 6pm on Wednesday 25 January 2012.