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News ian 6/9/2014

The Queen’s Birthday Honours always seem to throw up more accessible ‘ordinary’ Australians than the Australia Day honours. While there are inevitably awards given to people in high office, like retiring NSW State Governor Dame Marie Bashir along with legal people, scientists, public servants and the military, many of this year’s recipients are people most Australians ‘know’ through music, sport or media.

RichardWilkinsAug2011To name some of them – journalist Les Carlyon, intellectual, quizmaster and former politician, Barry Jones, The Seekers – Judith Durham, Keith Potger, Bruce Woodley and Athol Guy – jazz muso Paul Grabowsky, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler, ABC broadcaster Angela Catterns, runner Steve Monaghetti, sports broadcasters Ray Warren and PhilGould, TV journalist Mike Munro, Channel 7’s Dr Harry Cooper and Channel 9’s Richard Wilkins.

I’ll single out Richard Wilkins, who turns 60 this month – he didn’t get the gong just for being an entertainment reporter, it was more for his support of charities – his eldest child son (he has five children), Adam, has Down Syndrome and was bnorn when Richard was just 18, so in return for all the assistance Richard supports the Down Syndrome Association as well as the Steve Waugh Foundation, the Golden Stave Foundation andMusicoz.

Congrats to all!