Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australian of the Year
2015 ACT Australian of the Year Nominee
David Morrison AOState: Australian Capital Territory
When he told misbehaving troops to “get out” if they couldn’t accept women as equals, Lieutenant General David Morrison gained the attention and the respect of the nation. After joining the Army in 1979, David climbed the ranks to be appointed Chief of Army in 2011. Since then, he’s driven significant cultural change to address the way the Army treats female soldiers, people from ethnic minorities and those with alternative sexual preferences. David has established recruitment targets for women and has introduced policies to support more female-friendly workplaces. As the Army’s White Ribbon Champion, he encourages all soldiers to swear an oath to never condone violence against women. Courageous and visionary, in 2014 David used his speech at the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict to argue that militaries that exclude women “do nothing to distinguish the solider from the brute.” David is leading the way in ensuring that service achievements rest on talent, not gender.