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Nominations now open for Australian of the Year Awards 2008

9 July 2007

Prime Minister John Howard and Chair of the National Australia Day Council Lisa Curry Kenny at the Australian of the Year Awards 2008 launch in ParramattaPrime Minister John Howard today launched the call for nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2008, encouraging all Australians to have their say about who should receive this prestigious award.

"The Australian of the Year Awards plays an important part in Australia Day celebrations each year, allowing Australians to recognise citizens who have contributed in outstanding ways to our community," said the Prime Minister.

The National Australia Day Council relies on nominations made by the public in the annual search for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero.

You can nominate a great Australian online now at or pick up a nomination form at your local Commonwealth Bank branch or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations close on Friday 31 August 2007.

Toongabbie Primary School student Amelia Griffin casting the first nomination for the Australian of the Year Awards 2008"Everyone has an opinion on who should be named Australian of the Year and submitting a nomination is the way to have your opinion heard," said Lisa Curry Kenny, Chair of the National Australia Day Council.

"It may be someone you know or someone you've never met but whom you admire as a great Australian, you just need to be able to tell us something about their achievements and contributions to nominate them."

At the nominations launch in Sydney today, Australian of the Year 2007 Professor Tim Flannery, said the award had made a dramatic impact on his life and called on all Australians to submit a nomination.

"The award revolutionised my life," said Professor Flannery, "It has given me the courage to go on trying to make a difference about climate change, because now its clear to me that many Australians care so deeply about the issue and their environment.

"I only got to properly meet the person who nominated me after I won the award, yet I owe them an eternal debt of gratitude because they've given me a great chance to do something significant for the environment.

"I encourage everyone to nominate someone they admire for an Australian of the Year award - don't wait, do it today."

There are four categories in the Australian of the Year Awards:

· Australian of the Year - open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation and who are inspirational role models to all Australians;

· Senior Australian of the Year - recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;

· Young Australian of the Year - recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16-25 years who are contributing to our community;

· Australia 's Local Hero - recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.

Prime Minister John Howard with Australia's Local Hero 2007 Shanaka Fernando at the Australian of the Year Awards 2008 launchNominations can be made online or by completing and mailing a nomination form, available from Commonwealth Bank branches.

"As the major sponsor of the awards and a key part of local Australian communities, The Commonwealth Bank understands how valuable the contributions of everyday Australians are both locally and further afield," said Ralph Norris, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

"These people help shape the soul of communities and are well known to our local staff and customers.

"If you would like to nominate an Australian of the Year or a local hero, pick up a nomination form from your local Commonwealth Bank branch. "

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or to submit your nomination online, visit

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