Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2005 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Colin Mackerras AO

State: Queensland


For 40 years, Colin Mackerras has made an outstanding contribution to Asian studies in both Australia and internationally. He has been a tireless advocate for Asian studies and languages in Australia's schools and universities. At the same time he has worked hard to build and cement the relations between China and Australia. His phenomenal commitment and dedication has seen Australia's understanding of Asia and its culture grow significantly. Colin currently works in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University. He has been a major inspiration for Australia's move towards Asia over the last four decades. Despite his achievements, Colin is modest man and widely respected and well known for his hard work and good judgement. His enthusiasm and passion shape this remarkable man.