Australia Day: Brunswick electorate

It is a pleasure to acknowledge some local recipients of Australia Day awards in my electorate of Brunswick. Marita Cheng, a Brunswick East resident who is an inspiration to her peers and to young people, particularly young women, has been named 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Her passion is to encourage other young women into her field of engineering. To that end she founded Robogals in 2008, which is a global organisation that has conducted robotic workshops for 3000 girls across Australia. A leader in her field, Marita is an inspirational example of the application of vision, study and hard work. She is most deserving of this high accolade.

Joe Caputo, who has received an Order of Australia medal, has been acknowledged for his service to the Italian community in Australia, the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and local government. He has founded, led and served many organisations for Italian and ethnic communities. Specifically he was a commissioner for the VMC from 2001 to 2011. His service in local government spans 26 years; he has been both a councillor and mayor.

By receiving an Officer of the Order of Australia award, Professor Stuart Macintyre has been acknowledged for distinguished service to the social sciences and humanities as a leading academic in the areas of 19th and 20th century Australian history.

Professor Macintyre is currently a laureate professor at the University of Melbourne. He has authored a range of publications and journals and is a regular commentator in the media. Congratulations to these Brunswick residents on the acknowledgement of their hard work, community service and expertise.

Hansard, 2012