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Association Leaders Awarded Order of Australia in Queen's Birthday Honours List
The Queen's Birthday 2021 Honours List was announced on June 14th, 2021 and recognises 1,190 Australians.
The Governor General announced the list and congratulated the recipients on behalf of all Australians, commenting, "Each of these individuals are unique and their story deserves to be shared widely and celebrated. Collectively, they speak to who we are as a nation. There are countless examples of selflessness, commitment and dedication. There is diversity and there are examples of exceptional achievement in almost every field imaginable."
The following association leaders received an Order of Australia Award:
- Sue (Susan) Woodward AM, Justice Connect
- Marion Fulker AM, Committee for Perth
- Bronwyn Evans AM, Engineers Australia
- Harvey Lister AM, ASM Global
- John Hart OAM, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Andrew Lawrence OAM, Australian Chiropractors Association
The Governor-General also remarked that this list included the highest recorded percentage of women recognised, "I am pleased that this list includes the highest ever percentage of women (44 per cent) recognised through the General Division of the Order of Australia. It is important that the Order of Australia represents the diversity and strength of Australia – for this to happen we need to ensure outstanding women, members of our multicultural community and First Nations people are nominated by their peers in the community. I am prioritising increasing awareness of and engagement with the Order of Australia amongst groups that have been historically underrepresented. We are seeing positive progress and I am determined that it continues.”
He recognised that it was a tremendous achievement to be included on the List, “To the individuals being recognised today, many of whom Linda and I look forward to meeting over the coming year, thank you for your service and congratulations on being recognised by your peers and your nation.
He concluded by encouraging Australians to put forward nominations for future Honours, “To all Australians, I encourage you to consider nominating someone outstanding from your community for recognition. The great strength of our system is that it is ‘bottom-up’ – everyone recognised through the Order of Australia has been nominated by someone else, considered through an independent process and, today, celebrated by our nation.”