Top Aussies

Congratulations to Tim Flannery, 2007 Australian of the Year, who joins a distinguished list of scientists and cricketers to have received the honour. Given that the betting markets have had Flannery at firm favourite since December, the man’s had time to prepare a good speech.

Queensland’s Tania Major is also a great choice for young Australian of the year. In an oped last year, I quoted from her speech on Indigenous education. I hope she’s able to motivate some more innovative thinking over the year to come.

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3 Responses to Top Aussies

  1. Sacha Blumen says:

    Andrew, I just re-read the oped referring to Tania Major. Has there been any policy movement (eg serious discussion) on paying kids to attend school?

  2. Patrick says:

    No congratulations at all to Tim Flannery. I would rather someone who had actually contributed to making people’s lives better, like just about any doctor, teacher or businessman.

  3. Sacha says:

    Patrick, you must mean someone who has made a direct contribution to a number of individual’s lives as opposed to someone whose work may contribute less directly but perhaps more systemically through knowledge and understanding. Why do you prefer the former class of contribution? Both have merit.

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