25.01.2016

David Morrison named Australian of the Year 2016


The soldier who stared down the barrel of a camera and told Australian Defence Force personnel that “the standard they walk past is the standard they accept” has been named Australian of the Year for 2016.

Lieutenant General David Morrison, former Chief of Army, now retired and chair of the Diversity Council of Australia, was awarded the title at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday night.

Don’t be a bystander he told his fellow soldiers, and now spreads his message to all of Australia.

Speaking without notes, Morrison accepted the award saying too many Australians are denied the possibility of reaching their potential because of their gender, their religion, their racial heritage, their disability, or the sexual orientation.

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