The Human Rights Law Centre is thrilled that our very own Director of Advocacy and Litigation, Anna Brown, has been announced as one of Victoria's finalists for the 2016 Australian of the Year Award for her work tackling important human rights issues.
Anna has led much of our work on LGBTI rights, police accountability, protester rights, and equality law reform.
As the Australian of the Year Awards website explains, Anna fingerprints are on almost every recent legal and political win for Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community - from the successful bid to erase unjust historical criminal records for homosexual conduct to the fight for legal recognition of gender diversity and securing federal discrimination laws to protect LGBTI people. Anna also spearheaded the No to Homophobia campaign, and work closely with the Australian Football League and other sporting codes in efforts to stamp out prejudice.
The nomination comes after Anna was declared the 2014 Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year in 2014 and further recognises Anna’s tireless effort in campaigning for LGBTI rights. In September this year, Anna was announced as a member of the Victorian Government’s LGBTI taskforce that aims to get equality for LGBTI Victorians back in the spotlight and on the political agenda.
Anna joins Julian McMahon, barrister and human rights activist, Professor George Jelinek, medical professional, and David McNamara, food relief champion, as finalists for the 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year.