Dick Smith, top judge on Queen's Birthday honours list
MORE than 700 Australians from all walks of life have been recognised for their contribution to the nation and their communities in this year's Queen's Birthday honours.
There were 170 women and 349 males appointed to the Order of Australia while a further 198 Australians were recognised through military and meritorious awards.
Eight people received the Companion of the Order of Australia including High Court Justice Patrick Keane, Leading liver transplant physician Professor Stephen Lynch and entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith.
Australian basketball star Lauren Jackson received an Officer of the Order of Australia for her record in basketball, as well as her off-court work with sexual assault and domestic violence services.
Indigenous singer song-writer Archie Roach was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the performing arts as a singer, song-writer and guitarist, and to the community as a spokesman for social justice.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove thanked all the recipients for their contribution to the nation.
"We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have been recognised through the Australian honours system," he said.
- APN NEWSDESK.