Queen's Birthday honours


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TONY EASTLEY: Steve Bracks says being bestowed with Australia's highest civilian award is a bigger
honour than being the premier of Victoria. Mr Bracks is one of more than 500 Australians honoured
in today's Queen's Birthday Honours list. Others to receive awards include a corporate regulator, a
cancer researcher and an innovator in the advertising world.

Michael Edwards has this report.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Steve Bracks won what was considered at the time an unlikely election victory over
Jeff Kennett to become the premier of Victoria in 1999. Today for his public service to Victoria
he's been made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

STEVE BRACKS: You know I got so much pleasure out of being premier of Victoria. It is a great state
and to be additionally given this honour is even better.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Among the achievements he considers important, Steve Bracks lists the creation of
a number of national parks as well as constitutional reform.

STEVE BRACKS: To change the constitution after almost 100 years, to have democracy in the Upper
House, to have fixed four-year terms, to have a real house of scrutiny over the executive of the
Lower House I think was a key and significant and enduring change which is already working well.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Corporate regulator Graeme Samuel has also been made a Companion of the Order of
Australia. Mr Samuel is best known these days as the chairman of the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission.

GRAEME SAMUEL: There is no question I think that the work being done with the National Competition
Council and the ACCC which has been directed towards enhancing the welfare of 22 million
Australians through the promotion of competition, competition policy and consumer protection has
been, without any question I think the most satisfying work I have been able to do.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Oxford-based Professor Valerie Beral is receiving an AC for her work in cancer
research and epidemiology. Former high commissioner to New Zealand and chief of the defence
department Allan Hawke is being recognised for his public service.

But one of this year's AC recipients says he's completely surprised to be on the list. Media buyer
and philanthropist Harold Mitchell has been recognised for his service in the fields of art, health
and education.

HAROLD MITCHELL: Advertising people don't normally get big awards but they deserve them. Usually
the top awards are for someone who is able to score two centuries in a row or invented penicillin
or something and I didn't do either of those but I have been involved in society at the highest
level and happily so.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: But it's not just all high-profile people who have been recognised in the Queen's
birthday list.

Professor Judy Cashmore from the University of Sydney has been made an Officer of the Order of
Australia for her work in child protection.

JUDY CASHMORE: It is an incredibly tough job and getting the decisions right can be very difficult
and the problems are getting more difficult with the combination of domestic violence, drug and
alcohol abuse, mental health problems and so on but I think there are some good moves. There are
moves in terms of alternative dispute resolution and trying to make decisions with families rather
than for them.

TONY EASTLEY: Officer of the Order of Australia recipient Professor Judy Cashmore ending Michael
Edwards's report.

And former ABC commentators ROY and HG, that's John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver got a gong for
services to the media. HG, the speak-your-mind commentator is quoted as saying his award shows
there's hope for the ordinary dud in the Australian community to finally be noticed.