Queen's Birthday Honours
14 June 2010 at 9:55 am
An Australian Philanthropist has been named as one of five people awarded Companions of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The AC is the highest honour on the list and has been awarded to philanthropist and media buyer Harold Mitchell.
More than 470 Australians have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year; many acknowledged for their services to community work and charitable organisations.
The citation for Mitchell says the award is for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.
Mitchell says in his autobiography that he set up a Foundation in 1999 to give his money away to people who needed it rather than giving it to the Australian Tax Office.
Mitchell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2004 Honours List for his service to the community, particularly as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour, and to business through advertising and media interests.
Joining Harold Mitchell in the top hours list are:
Professor Valerie BERAL, for eminent service to medicine and women’s health through significant advances in cancer research and epidemiology, through seminal contributions to public health policy and as a mentor to young scientists.
Dr Allan Douglas HAWKE, for eminent service to public administration, particularly through the formulation and implementation of policy in the areas of transport, defence and education, and to the strengthening of bilateral relations with New Zealand.
Graeme Julian SAMUEL AO, the head of the ACCC, for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations.
The full list of Queen’s Birthday Honors recipients can be found at http://www.gg.gov.au/honours/content.php?id=38