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Australia Day 2015

Australia Day 2015 Honour Roll

UNSW Law is pleased to congratulate our alumni recognised in the 2015 Australia Day honours.

Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, completed her PhD with UNSW Law in 1994. Professor Croucher was awarded an AO for “significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts”.

Douglas Eaton is a commerce/law alumnus of UNSW and was awarded an OAM for “service to local government, and to the community of the Central Coast”. He holds a number of civic and business roles, including Mayor of Wyong and principal of a private law firm.

See the full list of  alumni recognised with Australia Day honours on the UNSW Alumni website

The full honours list is available on the Govenor General's website

Australia Day 2015 Ambassador Program

UNSW Law Lecturer Dr. Justine Rogers, was invited to participate in the 2015 Australia Day Ambassador program in recognition of her contributions to university outreach – by producing and participating in various pop events to bring academia and science to the wider public.

Since 2005, the formal purpose of the Ambassador program has been “to inspire national spirit and pride within communities on Australia Day each year”. In 2015, over 350 Australia Day Ambassadors attended community celebrations around the nation.

Dr Rogers was placed at Holroyd, Western Sydney, to attend the Holroyd City Council citizenship ceremony followed by their local Australia Day concert at Merrylands Hall and Park.

Approximately 40 people were made Australian citizens in Holroyd on Australia Day, covering a staggering 26 countries, including Afghanistan, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Palestine and Vietnam. The Holroyd community is proud of its multicultural composition as materialised in its shops, services, places of worship, and cultural events.

Following the citizenship ceremony, Dr Rogers was asked to give an address to the new citizens on what it means to be an Australian.

Speaking about Dr.Rogers’ contributions to the day, Councillor Greg Cummings, Mayor of Holroyd stated that “As Mayor of Holroyd City, it was an honour to have Dr Justine Rogers as our Australia Day Ambassador in 2015. She made us laugh at the simple things, like the day-to-day pleasures of Australian life, why the ibis bird is scary and how we often find ourselves talking to strangers as if we’ve known them a lifetime. She also made us reflect on the institutions and values that allow most of Australians to live well and also on those groups who are being treated less fairly in Australia, or by Australia. Our Australia Day guests enjoyed hosting an Ambassador who had ‘tongue in cheek’ down pat but could also deliver a serious message.  We hope our new citizens and residents took inspiration from Justine’s words, and that we see our community engage in that conversation and action she asked for, to contribute to an ever better Holroyd for the future.

Reflecting on her role as an Australia Day Ambassador, Dr. Rogers noted that “The day was in fact about meeting and talking to new citizens, local councilors and other leaders, students, and their families. I was able to enjoy what celebrating Australia means to others.  I am very grateful that the Australia Day Council of NSW asked me to be part of their program. I would recommend it to anyone who is given the opportunity or who is able to attend one of the citizenship ceremonies throughout the year – it was fun and reaffirming.

Dr Justine Rogers - Australia Day Ambassador 2015











L-R: Councillor Greg Cummings, Mayor of Holroyd and Dr. Justine Rogers; Dr.Rogers and Holroyd City councillors and police before the ceremony