The parents of Hannah Clarke have been chosen as Queensland’s Australians of the Year.
Sue and Lloyd Clarke have been recognised for their work in combatting domestic violence, following the horrific murder of their daughter and three grandchildren in Brisbane last year.
They’ve since created the ‘Small Steps 4 Hannah’ foundation, which seeks to educate people about the dangers of coercive control.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the deaths shook the whole country.
“For Hannah’s parents Sue and Lloyd it was a devastating, life-changing event and the start of a movement for change – Small Steps 4 Hannah – to educate the community and halt the cycle of domestic violence.”
“Their important work that has led to the Clarkes being honoured with the 2022 Queensland Australian of the Year award.”
The Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero were also named last night.
Dr Colin Dillon AM APM is Australia’s first Indigenous police officer, who voluntarily stepped forward to provide crucial first-hand evidence before the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Police Corruption in 1987.
The Premier said since his induction into the Queensland Police Service in 1965, Dr Dillon has been a strong advocate against racial discrimination and police corruption.
“In 1992, he was awarded the Australian Police Medal and in 2013 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the First Nations community, adding to his long list of achievements,” she said.
Queensland Young of Australian of the Year recipient and psychiatry registrar Dr Tahnee Bridson has been award for her efforts to reduce the stigma around mental health, founding Hand-n-Hand Peer Support in response to the growing emotion and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among health professionals.
And the state’s Local Hero award goes to multicultural community leader and social entrepreneur Saba Abraham, for her time in translating COVID-19 public health messaging into several languages for various communities around the state.
Ms Abraham also dedicates her time to promoting multiculturalism and running her not-for-profit restaurant and catering business, Mu’ooz.
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