Kirby named NSW Australian of the Year
22 November 2005
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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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