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Women in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Minister for Family & Community Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Women in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

9 June 2003

Two women, Ms Margaret Jackson and Lady Potter AO, have been recognised with the top honour of Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Ms Jackson, who is Chairman of Qantas Airways and a Director of a number of major Australian companies, received her award for service to business and to the community.

Lady Potter received her award for leadership and for encouraging community growth through fundraising and philanthropy in the arts, sciences, education and social welfare.

This year there has been an overall increase in the number of women whose contributions to Australia have been recognised through awards. In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List, 196 women received awards, bringing the total for the year to 402, up from 347 in 2002.

Women were also well represented among the recipients of AOs (Officer in the General Division) with 12 being awarded. There were 30 women who were made Members (AM) and 152 who received an OAM (Medal in the General Division).

While today's results are encouraging, there is always more that can be done to ensure that women are nominated for their work in the community, the professions and other endeavours.

In 2001, the Prime Minister launched the Honouring Women initiative - a network of high profile women, led by the Hon Dame Margaret Guilfoyle DBE and the Hon Joan Kirner AM, who have volunteered to promote and encourage people to nominate more women. Their work is important in ensuring that the substantial contribution that Australian women make at all levels of our society does not go unrecognised.

I want to congratulate all the women who have been recognised in today's Queen's Birthday Honours List and I want to thank all the women and men who had the good sense to nominate them.

(A list of the twelve recipients of the AO (Officer in the General Division) is below.)

Recipients of the AO (Officer in the General Division)

Ms Bonita Louise BOEZEMAN, Willoughby, NSW For service to the community as a significant contributor to and fundraiser for a broad range of medical, sporting and cultural organisations, and to the business sector as a corporate leader and executive.

Miss Jillian Rosemary BROADBENT, Bellevue Hill, NSW For service to economic and financial development in Australia, and to the community through administrative support for cultural and charitable groups.

Professor Margaret Anne BURGESS, Killara, NSW For service to public health in Australia and overseas, particularly through the provision of policy advice to government and through undertaking research into vaccine preventable diseases and the control of infectious diseases, and to paediatrics.

Ms Geraldine Frances DOOGUE, Mosman, NSW For services to the community, particularly as a commentator for social change, and to the media through raising public awareness of issues involving ethics, values, religion and spirituality.

Dr Thanacoupie FLETCHER-JAMES, Weipa, QLD For service to the community, particularly through her pioneering work in education, training and youth programs, in the area of reconciliation, and to the visual arts as a ceramic artist.

Professor Andrea Douglas HULL, Albert Park, VIC For service to the arts, to arts education, and to policy development, particularly through improving community access and involvement in cultural pursuits.

Professor Norelle LICKISS, Maroubra, NSW For service to the development of palliative medicine as a medical specialty, particularly with reference to cancer pain relief, and to medical education.

Mrs Judith Mary ROBERTS AM, Hyde Park, SA For service to the community, particularly though leadership roles in a range of women's health, social service, family and multicultural organisations and boards, and to education through Flinders University, the Senior Secondary Board of South Australia and the Helpmann Academy.

Professor Mary Christina SHEEHAN, Hill End, QLD

For service to education and to public health through research work into the causes and prevention of road, work and social accidents in Australia, and through the development of community awareness programs raising the level of debate in the area.

Ms Lois Alleyne SIMPSON, Yarralumla, ACT For service to music as an internationally acclaimed cellist, teacher and chamber musician.

Sister Berenice STUBBS, Albania For service to the community, particularly through the initiation, organisation and implementation of palliative care services in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region, and through support for the development of new and national health information technologies.

Dr Judy Gay WEST, Fisher, ACT For service to the advancement of botanical science and research, particularly in the field of plant systematics, to science administration and policy development, and to the establishment of Australia's Virtual Herbarium.