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For eminent service to literature through the promotion of the national identity as an
author, editor and journalist, to the understanding and appreciation of Australia's war
history, and to the horseracing industry.
2014Mandawuy YunupinguFor eminent service to the performing arts as a musician and songwriter, to the advancement of education and social justice for Indigenous people, and as an advocate for cultural exchange and understanding.
2014Geoffrey RushFor eminent service to the arts as a theatre performer, motion picture actor and film producer, as a role model and mentor for aspiring artists, and through support for, and promotion of, the Australian arts industry.
2013For eminent service to the community, particularly women, as an author, academic and through leadership roles with corporations, foundations, universities and philanthropic groups.Jill Ker Conway
2012Joan KirnerFor eminent service to the Parliament of Victoria and to the community through conservation initiatives, contributions to gender equality, the development of education and training programs and the pursuit of civil rights and social inclusion.
2012Gareth John EvansFor eminent service to international relations, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region as an adviser to governments on a range of global policy matters, to conflict prevention and resolution, and to arms control and disarmament.
2012Peter SingerFor eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty, animal welfare and the human condition.
2011Peter CostelloFor eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly through the development of landmark economic policy reforms in the areas of taxation, foreign investment, superannuation and corporate regulation, and through representative roles with global financial organisations.
2010James FairfaxFor eminent service to the community through support and philanthropy for the visual arts, conservation organisations and building programs for medical research and educational facilities.
2009Faith BandlerFor distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of the cultural heritage of South Seas Islanders, and to women's issues.
2006Margaret OlleyFor service as one of Australia's most distiguished artists, for support and philanthrophy to the visual and performing arts, and for encouragement of young and emerging artists.
2006Inga ClendinnenFor service to scholarship as a writer and historian addressing issues of fundamental concern to Australian society and for contributing to shaping public debate on conflicting contemporary issues.
2004John HayFor service to advancing higher education in Australia including contributions to research and innovation policies and funding, and at the University of Queensland through significant development of academic and administrative structures.
2003Ian CallinanFor service to the judiciary and the practice of law, to the arts and to the community.
1999Lowitja O'DonoghueCBE, AM. For public service through leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the areas of human rights and social justice, particularly as chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commission. AC S16 1999
1993Leonie KramerService to Australian Literature, Education and Community