While the Australian of the Year Awards mob inundate us with ads, I feel quite sour about the whole exercise. I, like thousands of other people around Australia, nominated Professor Gillian Triggs. The council did not even put her name on the list of finalists. Why not? It makes a nonsense of the whole awards process. I would like an answer, but I am not holding my breath.
The award organisers have devalued them to a laughing stock.
– Dr Kristine Klugman, president, Civil Liberties Australia, Fisher ACT