Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    New award honours the late Sir Ronald Wilson

    24/12/2007 10:10 AM

    Western Australians who show an outstanding commitment to advancing social justice, human rights and equality will be eligible for a new award honouring the life and work of the late Sir Ronald Wilson.

    Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced that nominations were open for the inaugural Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award, which will annually recognise a Western Australian who has made an exceptional contribution.

    “Sir Ronald Wilson was one of Western Australia’s most distinguished public servants, a respected lawyer, judge, social activist and a steadfast advocate for the disadvantaged,” she said.

    “He had a remarkable career and rose above an early life of hardship. One of his most rewarding and greatest achievements was presiding over the inquiry that led to his co-authoring of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report.

    “Sir Ronald Wilson was a great champion of indigenous reconciliation and social justice. His compassionate commitment to advancing the cause of marginalised community groups, particularly indigenous people, made him a shining example in his field.

    “This award publicly recognises an outstanding Western Australian who has had a sustained impact on the lives of indigenous, ethnic or other marginalised groups.”

    Ms Ravlich said the State Government was committed to building an inclusive society where all Western Australians were entitled to exercise their rights and participate fully in society, regardless of their linguistic, religious, racial or ethnic background.

    Nominations for the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award close on Thursday, January 31, 2008. The award will be presented at the Vice Chancellors Oration at Murdoch University on March 18, 2008.

    Nomination forms are available by telephoning the Office of Multicultural Interests on 9222 8800 or by visiting http://www.multicultural.wa.gov.au

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