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The ACT Australians of the Year

By johnboy 14 November 2008 40

Last night the ACT Australians of the Year were announced at the National Museum. The winningest Canberrans in 2009 were:

  • The ACT Australian of the Year 2008 is Indigenous leader Professor Michael Dodson AM.
    Professor Michael Dodson is widely recognised as a proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader who has spent his adult life trying to explain to people why and how they can help his people.
  • The ACT Senior Australian of the Year 2008 is Anglican Priest Reverend Associate Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay AM.
    Reverend Elizabeth MacKinlay works tirelessly and selflessly in her many community roles, promoting greater understanding of the issues facing older people, in particular their spiritual and emotional needs.
  • The ACT Young Australian of the Year 2008 is science fiction author Jack Heath.
    Jack Heath wrote his first novel when he was just 13 years old and by 18 he had a publishing contract.
  • The ACT Local Hero of the Year 2008 is Sports Commentator Tim Gavel.
    Tim Gavel is highly regarded in his role as a sports journalist for Canberra’s ABC Radio Grandstand program.

The citation for Tim Gavel neglected to mention the most moronic use of google search result numbers as a useful factoid (What is this Tim? High School in 1996?), the most shrill support of the party line being pushed by major sporting clubs, and the lamest anecdotes from yesteryear drifting off into the distance in search of a punchline.

All of which he really deserves to be recognised for by everyone who suffers him in the morning on ABC Radio.

What’s Your opinion?


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Deadmandrinking 11:55 am 15 Nov 08

Sorry to double post, I just came across a review of Jack Heath’s novel ‘The Lab’:

http://www.theblurb.com.au/Issue65/TheLab.htm

Deadmandrinking 11:52 am 15 Nov 08

Gee, abc is funny.

Back to reality, has anyone read any of Jack Heath’s books?

abc 9:07 am 15 Nov 08

Hey Johnboy…. your my local ZERO.

2604 12:16 am 15 Nov 08

Back on topic:

New Yeah said :

I’ll proffer some evidence supporting Tim Gavel – I think his commentary of Raiders games is excellent.

x2.

That is all.

Kitchen Man 11:35 pm 14 Nov 08

Henry’s a good lad. He just get’s a bit fired up sometimes.

PreciousLilywhite 4:06 pm 14 Nov 08

Angry Henry, perhaps you need to take some naprogesic and lay down with a hot water bottle. It seems to be your time of the month.

Jim Jones 3:07 pm 14 Nov 08

johnboy said :

Anyway, you’ve had your tanty now.

I think you’ll find it’s called a “mantrum”.

tickboom 3:05 pm 14 Nov 08

“Fight! Fight! Fight!”

johnboy 2:35 pm 14 Nov 08

There I was thinking your expertise on radio presentation was based on something.

Anyway, you’ve had your tanty now.

Any more outbursts, or your regular disparaging of the site in general, will see you in the mod queue.

Have a nice day.

AngryHenry 2:29 pm 14 Nov 08

johnboy said :

AngryHenry said :

As I mentioned before sometimes you really do come across as a petty, and i’ll also add arrogant man, and it really overshadows all the good work you do.

On the other hand maybe self-described bogans working in the radio industry aren’t who I’m trying to write for?

I’m too arrogant to care anyway.

Forget what I said about name calling…

I don’t work in the radio industry you presumtuous social retard!

And even if I did I’d still consider myself and extremely active member of this community with just as much right to voice their opinions as others.

Unfortunatley because of your attitutde towards other people and you journalistic ineptitude this little empire you’ve created for yourself will remain nothing but a sandcastle, where the same close-knit group of people will post back and forth over and over again, you bring new people in and they are soon driven away by this incestous little group who will have no social impact on the community due to the fact that it’s the same people going on with same crap over different subjects every time.

Oh hang on, Jessica Goode changed clothes…. Faaaarrrk me! How groundbreaking!!!

Indeed I have enjoyed passing the time on here but that’s all it is, passing time.

What a wasted opportunity.

Way to make a difference.

clw49 2:14 pm 14 Nov 08

I think Tim deserves local hero status simply for his food feats while commentating at the Beijing Olympics.

Granny 2:10 pm 14 Nov 08

I actually do think that makes him a bit of a local hero.

Kids Fitness Foundation, the Walking School Bus program, and the Heart Foundation are all great causes and most people don’t give a fraction of that sort of time and energy to their local community, let alone adopting two third world orphans and providing a university education for their sister.

I hate sport, but I think he sounds as worthy as the next person for this award.

Crikey 1:51 pm 14 Nov 08

As usual very PC.

WOW, Tim works for the ABC and has adopted children….very worthy Local Hero LOL

johnboy 1:34 pm 14 Nov 08

AngryHenry said :

As I mentioned before sometimes you really do come across as a petty, and i’ll also add arrogant man, and it really overshadows all the good work you do.

On the other hand maybe self-described bogans working in the radio industry aren’t who I’m trying to write for?

I’m too arrogant to care anyway.

New Yeah 1:25 pm 14 Nov 08

I’ll proffer some evidence supporting Tim Gavel – I think his commentary of Raiders games is excellent.

AngryHenry 12:44 pm 14 Nov 08

johnboy said :

And you’re offtopic now.

Want to congratulate some winners?

Not really, they’ll have enough urine in their pocket without me adding to it.

Don’t really think I’m that far off topic when you criticised Tim Gavel in the original post and then decided it might be fun putting words in my mouth with phrases like ‘I’m sure you meant to say’… ‘Right of reply’ also includes asking questions about ambiguous comments.

I am deadly serious when I tell you mate I KNOW what I’m saying!

As I mentioned before sometimes you really do come across as a petty, and i’ll also add arrogant man, and it really overshadows all the good work you do.

Granny 12:26 pm 14 Nov 08

I enjoy the 2XX spots. My first husband was a radio announcer, and I got to accidentally hang around the edges of the industry for a few years.

I actually think that jb has a wonderful voice for radio, and I enjoy the banter between him and Marianne very much.

They are both very smart people with interesting or funny things to say, and even though I follow RiotACT quite closely during the week I always enjoy hearing jb’s take on things at the end of the week.

johnboy 12:09 pm 14 Nov 08

And you’re offtopic now.

Want to congratulate some winners?

johnboy 12:08 pm 14 Nov 08

On the subject of “ums” Tim and I are as one, extremely prone to them.

I was referring to far too many of the voices on radio who never need to pause because they never put a moment’s consideration into what they’re saying.

AngryHenry 12:06 pm 14 Nov 08

Because constructive cristicism is one thing, but name calling???

That’s a fail!

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