The Council of The Wise has announced a new category of Australian of the Year. Those eligible for “New Australian of the Year” are those great men and women from foreign forebears or other shores, folks whose lives were the template for, and reflect, the current splendid diversity that forms the Australian nation.
Nominees can be alive or dead and must embody a facet of the country’s contemporary essence.
Categories were submitted to the 2020 Summit (April 2008, which was designed by Prime Minister Rudd to “help shape a long term strategy for the nation’s future.”) Since then, over the last 8 years, an ad hoc committee has hammered out a short list of categories, and nominees.
Sir William McMahon
David Morrison (ineligible: was actually an Australian of the Year)
Arthur Boyd (ineligible, on aesthetic grounds)
Frederick McCubbin (ineligible, on aesthetic grounds)
Brett Whiteley (ineligible, on aesthetic grounds)
Driller Jet Armstrong
Margaret Court (ineligible – burned in effigy)
Visionaries / Seers
Professor Tim Flannery (‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Tim, than are dreamt of in your philosophy…’)
Neil Prasad (ineligible: – just)
Julian Assange (ineligible: sequestered)
Financiers and politicians who believe that “Economy is idealism in its most practical form”
(No eligible nominees)