Heart transplant recipient Fiona Coote and actor Charles ``Bud" Tingwell,
who starred in 1970s cop drama Homicide, lead a list of more than 400
Australians to receive Queen's Birthday honours today.
They join one of the Government's most senior bureaucrats Ted Evans,
winemaker Len Evans, diplomat and former Wollongong-based Liberal senator
Michael Baume, businessman Gary Pemberton and judge William Cox to receive Order
of Australia honours.
Ms Coote has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her
15 years promoting public awareness of heart disease, and for her work to help
raise funds for seriously and terminally ill children.
Mr Tingwell, one of the elder statesmen of Australian stage and screen,
receives his award for more than 60 years of service to the performing arts as
an actor, producer and director.
Mr Tingwell starred as Inspector Lawson in Homicide but also had lead roles
in dozens of movies in both Britain and Australia. He was recently in the hit,
A total of 405 Australians are recognised in today's honours list, with most
receiving their awards for long-standing community service.
``Each has been honoured for demonstrating service to their fellow citizens
or achievement at a level that goes beyond that which might be expected through
paid employment, or whose voluntary contribution to the community has been
particularly outstanding or significant," Order of Australia Council chairman
Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair said.
Only three people - Treasury Secretary Ted Evans, Tasmanian Supreme Court
Judge William Cox and Qantas chairman Gary Pemberton - have been appointed to
Australia's top honour, Companions in the Order of Australia (AC).
Former Liberal senator Michael Baume, now Australia's Consul-General in New
York, has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), alongside
winemaker and philanthropist Len Evans. Ex-Liberal MP Ian Viner, Aboriginal
Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government, has been awarded an AO for services
to indigenous affairs.
Douglas Sturkey, official secretary to the governor-general for eight years
and the man who had responsibility for the Australian honours awards until last
June, has been appointed an AM for his services to the governor-general, the
diplomatic service and Canberra.