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Sunday 25 January 2015

Rosie Batty: Australian of the Year 2015

Rosie Batty has just been named Australian of the Year for her campaign against family violence in an award ceremony that saw four women take the nation's top Australia Day honours for the first time in history.

Photo: Peter Williams

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Ms Batty said that while Australians live in a "wonderful country... there remains a serious epidemic across our nation".
"Family violence may happen behind closed doors but it needs to be brought out from these shadows and into broad daylight," she said.
"Do not ignore what you see and what you know is wrong," she added.
"To men, we need you to challenge each other and become part of the solution.
"Raise the conversation and don't shy away from this uncomfortable topic. We cannot do this without you."
"To the women and children who are unsafe, in hiding or living in fear, who have changed their names, left their extended families and moved from their communities to find safety, you do not deserve to live a life that is dictated by violence," she said.
"You are not to blame.
"To Luke, my little man, you did not die in vain and will not be forgotten.
"You are beside me on this journey and with me every step of the way."
Oh, so many tears.

Author Jackie French has just been named Senior Australian of the Year.

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