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Australian Of The Year

It's Australia Day. Or Invasion Day. It's when I think about what I love about Australia, but also all of the horrible things we've done in our past and how far we've got to go. On Australia day they hand out a bunch of honours to people who've made significant contributions to Australian society and one award for Australian Of The Year. I'd never heard of this year's recipient, Patrick McGorry, but it sounds like he's done a bunch of good things.

So, I'm going to pick my own personal Australian of the year. The Australian whose work has made me proudest. It's a pretty easy choice for me. My brother Colin has spent the past year working at the Yamatji Marlpa Pilbara Native Title Service. He's working with Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara to identify and protect significant sites from mining. He's living in Port Hedland, but not on a miner's salary. I know I'm biased, but I'm really proud of what he's been doing. We'd be doing better as a country with more people like him.

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alias_sqbr
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I didn't know he was doing that, that is pretty awesome.
loic
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's kind of like Jake Sully in Avatar...
alias_sqbr
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
High praise! :D

Also: My friend mandragora2003 is moving to Port Hedland for six months and was feeling sad that she won't know anyone, I don't know if Colin is on the lookout for cool geeky people to hang with but if so I recommend her very strongly :)
loic
Feb. 1st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Colin would be excited to meet new people. I think most of his social circle has been centered around work. While his coworkers sound great it's great to have variety.
alias_sqbr
Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Well! Hmm. I guess you could send her a message with his contact details? *is never sure how one goes about introducing people to each other when it's not in person*
loic
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Colin is on the facebooks and his email is colin at mckellar dot org.
mammapajama
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Colin rules!!
loic
Feb. 1st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
it's true.
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