November 22, 2005, Washington, DC


NSW: Kirby named NSW Australian of the Year

22 November 2005
Australian Associated Press General News
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KIRBY SYDNEY, Nov 22 AAP - High Court Judge Michael Kirby was honoured for his humanitarian work when he was named NSW Australian of the Year 2006 during a ceremony in Sydney tonight.

Justice Kirby will now represent the state as a finalist in the national Australian of the Year awards to be presented in January.

The National Australia Day Council said Justice Kirby's efforts, both in and outside of the courtroom, made him a "fantastic choice" for the award.

"He gives back to the local community here in Australia through endless charity and community work, but also on an international scale he goes above and beyond to fight for human rights," national director Warren Pearson said.

"He is a great ambassador for NSW and Australia."

Justice Kirby, who was appointed to the High Court in 1996, is also known for his work as President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands and as UN Special Representative in Cambodia.

Professor Frank Bilson, known for his work in saving the eyesight of premature babies, was named NSW Senior Australian of the Year.

Community volunteer Kate Brennan was named NSW Young Australian of the Year.

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