I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to Grace Tame who has been announced as the 2021 Australian of the Year in Canberra tonight, in what is an incredible recognition of her powerful advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
This is the first time a Tasmanian has been named Australian of the Year in the Award program’s 61 year history.
Grace has demonstrated extraordinary courage championing the #LetHerSpeak campaign, in which she used her voice to push for legal reform and raise public awareness about the impacts of sexual violence.
It takes immense courage for survivors to speak out about their experience, and in recognition of this the Tasmanian Government amended section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001 to provide victims the right to speak publicly.
As the national winner, Grace stands among a field of inspirational Australians, and I look forward with anticipation to seeing the powerful difference and change she makes over the next year and beyond.
I would also like to recognise and acknowledge all our 2021 Tasmanian category winners whom we are all so proud of including:
- Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year, respected Scout leader, Brian Williams.
- Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, youth empowerment and climate action leader, Toby Thorpe.
- Tasmania’s Local Hero, founder of local organisation Kingborough Helping Hands, Edna Pennicott.
Congratulations to Grace and all our Tasmanian finalists whose remarkable contributions make our state an even greater place to live.