Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Women celebrated on Australia Day

One hundred and eighty two women have been honoured in the 2008 Australia Day Awards, including 153 in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

I would like to congratulate these women for their significant efforts across education, law, literature, health, the environment and support for local communities.

I particularly congratulate the two women who were appointed a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Professor Denise Bradley’s contribution to higher education through leadership and sector-wide governance has led to the promotion of information-based distance learning, and to the advancement of Australian educational facilities internationally.

Justice Susan Crennan displayed outstanding service to the law and the judiciary, particularly through leadership and mentoring roles with legal and professional associations, as a contributor to reform, and to the community.

Five women were appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, including Lisa Curry-Kenny and Sister Patricia Rhatigan, who were honoured for encouraging national pride and identity and service to rural and remote education respectively.

There were 27 women appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and a further 119 women were awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division.

I am proud to see women being nominated and recognised for the valuable role they continue to play across all facets of Australian life.

The recipients of this year’s Australia Day Honours are an inspiration to women and girls all over Australia.