As we lead up to Australia Day 2016, we think it is a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful finalists for Senior Australian of the Year 2016. Any of the finalists would be worthy winners in our eyes and we wish them all the best for next week.
Congratulations to the current Senior Australian of the Year 2015, Jackie French, and the other recipients including Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015 who have all done incredible work.
Current Senior Australian of the Year 2015
Jackie French, Author
Jackie French wrote her first children’s book, Rainstones, in 1991 and has overcome her own dyslexia to advocate for children with learning difficulties.
Senior Australian of the Year 2016 Finalists
Tim Fairfax AC, Philanthropist, QLD
Tim Fairfax is a successful and generous businessmen, passionate about supporting rural, remote and regional communities.
Jack Charles, Indigenous elder and role model, VIC
Jack Charles is a respected actor and member of Australia’s stolen generation who has become an important role model for a Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Bob Shewring, Repatriation Campaigner, NT
Bob Shewring has spent many years lobbying governments to bring the bodies of 25 Australian soldiers killed during the Vietnam War home to Australia.
Professor Greg Tegart AM FTSE, Scientist and technology advocate, ACT
Professor Greg Tegart is a leading advocate for smart assistive technologies and his work has helped many aged and disabled people have a better quality of life.
Professor Ian Allison AO AAM, Glaciologist, TAS
Professor Ian Allison is a pioneer of Australia’s glaciological research program and globally recognised for his contributions to climate science and research.
Graham Edwards AM, Veterans’ advocate, WA
Graham Edwards was hit by an exploding mine while serving in Vietnam resulting in his legs being amputated and has served in many ways to contribute to veterans and those with disabilities.
Professor Gordian Fulde, Doctor, NSW
Professor Gordian Fulde is Director of Emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital and Sydney Hospital and is a leading voice about the issues caused by ‘ice’ and alcohol fueled violence.
Monica Oliphant AO, Scientist, SA
Monica Oliphant is globally recognised as a leader in the field of science and sustainability with a focus on energy consumption.