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Happenings in the lead up to Australia Day and the announcement of the Australians of the Year 2014

13 January 2014

Happenings in the lead up to Australia Day and the announcement of the Australians of the Year 2014

Who are this year's national finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards?  Find out a bit more from each of their amazing stories.


Back your state’s finalists!

Over the next couple of weeks you can check out videos on ABC1 at 6.55 pm which profile the finalists from each state for the Australian of the Year Awards 2014. Each state has four national finalists, one in each Award category (Australian, Young, Senior and Australia’s Local Hero) and you can see them in these packaged videos. The dates for each state are:

WA, Thursday 16 January
TAS, Monday 20 January
ACT, Tuesday 21 January
NT, Thursday 23 January

NSW, VIC, QLD, and SA have already been shown and you can see them here, the others will follow once aired on TV. So get behind your state and share these with family and friends!

This is My Australia

Ever wondered who inspired Jessica Watson to sail solo around the world or who inspires media icon Ita Buttrose AO OBE? You can find out when the TV series, This is My Australia, will air in the weeks before Australia Day. This is My Australia is hosted by cricketing legend and chair of the NADC Board, Adam ‘Gilly’ Gilchrist, and celebrates four Australians honoured through the Australian of the Year Awards and the people who inspire them. Details are below.

Channel Ten

Friday 17 January, 7.30 pm, features:

Ita Buttrose, Australian of the Year 2013
Lleyton Hewitt, Young Australian of the Year 2003
Adam Goodes, NSW Australian of the Year 2014

Friday 24 January, 7.30 pm, features:

Jessica Watson, Young Australian of the Year 2011
Li Cunxin, Queensland Australian of the Year 2014
Professor Ian Frazer, Australian of the Year 2006 

Check out OzDay on YouTube to see previews of the series.

What does it mean to be Australian?

Have you considered what being Australian really means? Well to kick off Australia Day celebrations, the NADC is bringing together former Australians of the Year Dr Fiona Wood and Professor Tim Flannery to discuss this as well as other facets of Australian culture and identity. You’re invited to join facilitator George Negus and other panel members for this free public event on Friday 17 January at the Art Gallery of NSW. See the website for more information and RSVP to info@australiaday.org.au by Thursday 16 January.

Don’t forget to tune in for the announcement of the Australians of the Year for 2014 on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra on Australia Day eve, 25 January from 6 pm and broadcast live on ABC1.

If you're in Canberra you can stay on for the free Australia Celebrates concert featuring Matt Corby, Megan Washington and Lior.   

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