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GREAT AUSTRALIANS LINE UP FOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012
On the evening of Wednesday 25 January, on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra, 33 inspiring Australians will stand before the nation. Four of them will be announced as recipients of our greatest peer honours - the Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero 2012.
Who are the people in contention for the awards?
They are a mix of quiet achievers and well known leaders. They were among almost 3,000 Australians nominated by the public for consideration in the Australian of the Year Awards 2012.They are volunteers, scientists, civic leaders, advocates, students, philanthropists, artists and caring community members. They come from our cities, the suburbs and our rural areas.They are everyday Australians and household names.
These are the extraordinary people who will line up for the announcement of the Australian of the Year Awards 2012.
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 (Ret’d)
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 - Dr Viktor Zappner
Australian Capital Territory - Julie Tongs
Northern Territory - Rob Cook
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.
You can watch the announcement live on ABC 1 from 6pm and, if you're in Canberra, you can join the live audience on Federation Mall for both the Awards announcement and the Australia Celebrates Live concert.
You can also follow announcements via Facebook (simply 'like' the Australian of the Year Awards Facebook page) or by following us on Twitter @ausoftheyear.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards 2012 finalists click here.