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Australian of the Year.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITON THE HON SIMON CREAN MP

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

I am delighted that Pat Rafter has been named Australian of the Year.

While all Australians have taken great pride in Pat Rafter’s success on the tennis courts of the world, it is his achievements beyond sport that make him a truly outstanding Australian.

The work he has done for the less fortunate, and his dignity and humility, are qualities deserving this prestigious award.

I also congratulate Scott Hocknull, Young Australian of the Year, who is a fine example of our nation’s outstanding young scientific minds. I sincerely hope his success in his chosen field of palaeontology will encourage more young Australians to take an interest in science, which is fundamental to Australia’s future success.

Melbourne 25 January 2002