• Ita Buttrose and Alex Sloan

    Ita Buttrose and Alex Sloan

  • the best place to be....the ABC 666 Broadcast booth

    the best place to be....the ABC 666 Broadcast booth

  • 2016 Australian of the Year David Morrison

    2016 Australian of the Year David Morrison

  • 2016 Young Australians of the Year Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi

    2016 Young Australians of the Year Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi

  • 2016 Senior Australian of the Year Professor Gordian Fulde with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

    2016 Senior Australian of the Year Professor Gordian Fulde with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

  • 2016 Australian of the Year  David Morrison with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

    2016 Australian of the Year David Morrison with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

  • 2016 Award recipients with the Prime Minister and Lucy Turnbull

    2016 Award recipients with the Prime Minister and Lucy Turnbull

  • Lucy Turnbull and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's rain interrupted photo op.

    Lucy Turnbull and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's rain interrupted photo op.

  • The pyrotechnics for the end of Jimmy Barnes very short performance

    The pyrotechnics for the end of Jimmy Barnes very short performance

  • safe shelter under the brolly with a recycling bin for the empties.....

    safe shelter under the brolly with a recycling bin for the empties.....

  • Rob Thorman

    Rob Thorman

  • 2015 Senior Australian of the Year Jackie French does a brolly stop interview

    2015 Senior Australian of the Year Jackie French does a brolly stop interview

  • Diane Kargas and Adrian Bray

    Diane Kargas and Adrian Bray

  • Lara and Tim Kirk, Francis Owusu and Michael D'Elboux

    Lara and Tim Kirk, Francis Owusu and Michael D'Elboux

  • Roulettes are go....

    Roulettes are go....

  • Anthony Toms and Chief Minister Andrew Barr

    Anthony Toms and Chief Minister Andrew Barr

  • James Willson and Sir Angus Houston

    James Willson and Sir Angus Houston

  • Gillian Armstrong and John Pleffer

    Gillian Armstrong and John Pleffer

  • Jeff  and Jo Harmer, Mary and Terry Webber and James Service

    Jeff and Jo Harmer, Mary and Terry Webber and James Service

  • David Bryant, Christoph Zierholz and Graeme and Annette Shaw

    David Bryant, Christoph Zierholz and Graeme and Annette Shaw

  • Michael and Marlena Jeffery

    Michael and Marlena Jeffery

  • Roslyn and Eric Napper

    Roslyn and Eric Napper

  • David and Julie Cooper, Debbie Rolfe, Lady Houston and Richard Rolfe

    David and Julie Cooper, Debbie Rolfe, Lady Houston and Richard Rolfe

  • Keith Potger and Elizabeth Hawkes

    Keith Potger and Elizabeth Hawkes

  • Amelda and Glenn Keyes with Gayle and David Morrison

    Amelda and Glenn Keyes with Gayle and David Morrison

  • Alison Senti and her sister Lauren Murray with Nipuni Wijewickrema and her sister Gaydna Wijewickrema

    Alison Senti and her sister Lauren Murray with Nipuni Wijewickrema and her sister Gaydna Wijewickrema

  • David Hopgood, Kirsty Glanville, Craig Greene, Adam Stankevicius and Joshua Summerell

    David Hopgood, Kirsty Glanville, Craig Greene, Adam Stankevicius and Joshua Summerell

  • James Willson and John Miller

    James Willson and John Miller

  • Heather Calma, Alex Sloan and Tom Calma

    Heather Calma, Alex Sloan and Tom Calma

  • 2015 ACT Local Hero Damian De Marco and his sleeping beauty Sasha De Marco

    2015 ACT Local Hero Damian De Marco and his sleeping beauty Sasha De Marco

  • Michele, Kathy, Monica, Aari and Max Oliphant with Laura and Anne Wright

    Michele, Kathy, Monica, Aari and Max Oliphant with Laura and Anne Wright

  • Family support for 2015 Young Australian Of the Year Drisana Levitske-Gray (centre)

    Family support for 2015 Young Australian Of the Year Drisana Levitske-Gray (centre)

  • Danielle Brown and Thomas King

    Danielle Brown and Thomas King

  • Kate Barrelle and Rebecca Scott

    Kate Barrelle and Rebecca Scott

  • Tiffany, Lesley, Gordian and Sascha Funde and James Abbott

    Tiffany, Lesley, Gordian and Sascha Funde and James Abbott

  • Tiffany, Lesley, Gordian and Sascha Fulde

    Tiffany, Lesley, Gordian and Sascha Fulde

  • Lesley and Gordian Fulde

    Lesley and Gordian Fulde

  • Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi

    Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi

  • Thomas Southwick, Elizabeth Broderick, Lucy Southwick and Hunter Southwick

    Thomas Southwick, Elizabeth Broderick, Lucy Southwick and Hunter Southwick

  • Gideon Haigh and Catherine McGregor

    Gideon Haigh and Catherine McGregor

  • Jane Hutchison and Matt Newton

    Jane Hutchison and Matt Newton

  • Australian of the Year 2015 Rosie Batty

    Australian of the Year 2015 Rosie Batty

  • 2015 Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitske-Gray walks the red carpet with her partner

    2015 Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitske-Gray walks the red carpet with her partner

  • Kerrynne Batten and Morgen Lewis

    Kerrynne Batten and Morgen Lewis

  • Jeremy Lasek and his wife Dorte Ekelund

    Jeremy Lasek and his wife Dorte Ekelund

  • David and Gayle Morrison

    David and Gayle Morrison

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chairman National Australia Day Council Ben Roberts-Smith

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chairman National Australia Day Council Ben Roberts-Smith

  • Ita Buttrose and her daughter Kate MacDonald

    Ita Buttrose and her daughter Kate MacDonald

  • Adam Spencer strides the stage....

    Adam Spencer strides the stage....

  • Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Morgan, Andrew Robinson and Charles 'Chuck' Manning, Roulette pilots of numbers 6,3 and 2 respectively.

    Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Morgan, Andrew Robinson and Charles 'Chuck' Manning, Roulette pilots of numbers 6,3 and 2 respectively.

  • Tim and Gina Fairfax

    Tim and Gina Fairfax

  • Sebastian and Grace Maley and their mum Catherine Keenan with Tim and Gina Fairfax behind

    Sebastian and Grace Maley and their mum Catherine Keenan with Tim and Gina Fairfax behind

  • Glenn Bernardin and David Taylor

    Glenn Bernardin and David Taylor

  • Gideon Haigh......does handbag duty.

    Gideon Haigh......does handbag duty.

  • 2016 Local Hero Dr Catherine Keenan with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

    2016 Local Hero Dr Catherine Keenan with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

25 January 2016

I can’t remember a wet and wild Australian of the Year presentation event, and I’ve been to them all over many years. It is always hot, a little too hot for the VIP’s sitting front and centre, but all getting plenty of water and baseball caps for the duration.

Optimistically there were many industrial size fans pumping out cool air for this year’s event, with again plenty of water and dicky blue caps but it was a brolly and poncho kind of event as the rain started, the sensible huddled under market umbrellas in the party space and the decision to stay seated exacerbated the drip effect.

But the Summer Cocktail Party that preceded the presentations was a fine affair for the invited to mix and mingle to meet the nominees, their family and friends and catch up with the locals who sponsor and support this annual recognition of Australians who make us proud. And in we all swept in summer finery, to rub shoulders with past and current recipients, toast them with our finest local Clonakilla and Pankhurst wines or a nice drop of Zierholz on tap. The food kept coming, the excitement was building and the heavens opened. So the presentations were hastened with the brolly holding to protect the winners ably handled by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chairman of the National Australia Day Council Ben Roberts-Smith. And not one of them turned inside out! Brollies that is not the blokes.

The winners are a cross section of the egalitarian mix we’ve become as Australians who celebrate multiculturalism and embrace changing and evolving to be better at what we do and what we aspire to be. But evidenced in the eclectic mix of backgrounds of the nominees are the seeds of the need to make major changes in so many areas with promises and commitments from winners to bring about change in equality, diversity, education for the marginalized, keeping the scourge of family violence on the agenda after Rosie Batty’s extraordinary 2015 effort and finding innovative and practical solutions to homelessness, mental health and disability needsand caring for the elderly and know then that “there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian”.We have the talent, well demonstrated over the years by the extraordianry alumni of this very exclusive club that is the Australian of the Year Awards.