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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Recognise Queensland on the national stage

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, June 04, 2015

    Recognise Queensland on the national stage

    Queenslanders are encouraged to recognise extraordinary individuals as nominations open for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was looking forward to hearing more about the achievements of the people of Queensland.  

    “Our state is full of passionate and courageous people who have made a significant contribution to their communities, the state and the country,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “These awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge these remarkable people and show our gratitude for the difference they have made in our lives.

    “Celebrate the achievements of a friend, family member, colleague or someone who inspires you and makes you proud. It only takes one nomination,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Nominations can be made across four categories including Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

    Nominations for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards close at midnight on Monday 3 August 2015. To submit a nomination, or for more information, visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au or phone 07 3003 9200.

    Queensland recipients of these awards will proceed as finalists to the national Australian of the Year Awards, which will be announced in Canberra on the eve of Australia Day next year.

    The 2015 Queensland award recipients include Hetty Johnston AM (Australian of the Year), Fred Hyde AM (Senior Australian of the Year), Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Young Australian of the Year), and Juliette Wright, who was named Australia's Local Hero at the national awards ceremony.

    Principal partner, the Commonwealth Bank, has supported the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 36 years. The Australian of the Year Awards is a National Australia Day Council program and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.