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Introducing the 2021 Australian of the Year Award finalists

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In a year when the nation was tested by devastating bushfires, a global pandemic and economic hardship, Australians rose to these unprecedented challenges with determination and resilience.

Whether it was during a bushfire emergency, at the forefront of a national coronavirus response or from a remote region, the 2021 Australian of the Year Award finalists strove to better the lives of their countrymen and women.

They gave a voice to the survivors of sexual assault, improved the health outcomes for vulnerable and First Nation’s people, broke new ground for people with a disability and brought greater inclusivity to a national sporting body.

Making the tough calls

Professor Brendan Murphy stands in front of a COVID hot spot map.
Professor Brendan Murphy helped lead the national response to coronavirus…



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