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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 6289

Mr EVANS (Brisbane) (16:20): It's important sometimes that we pause and reflect in this place on the efforts of those who make our country better, so I wish to recognise some very worthy residents of Brisbane who received awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Dr Marie Porter has been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for her community work for women and children and for helping establish services for Australians with disabilities and their carers. Two other new members of the Order of Australia are Anne Cross, recognised for her work tackling issues on domestic violence, child protection and disability services, and Professor Susan Dann, recognised for her services to education in the field of marketing.

The late John O'Brien has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for serving our community through social welfare organisations, such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, and as a teacher and school principal. Stephen Parle was award the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to rugby league, including his work with the Brisbane Broncos. Two other local recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia are Barton Sinclair, for his service to horse racing as a life member of the Brisbane Racing Club, and Dianne Eden, for her important role in performing arts education.

On behalf of the Brisbane community and all of Australia, we extend our thanks and recognition to these awardees for helping make our City of Brisbane the great place that it is today.