Australian of the Year: Virginia Haussegger AM, journalist and women’s advocate #AOTY2019

For over 25 years, Virginia Haussegger AM has built a stellar career as a television journalist, writer and commentator.

She has reported around the globe for leading current affairs programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC, and anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra.

Virginia is also recognised as a leading advocate for women, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014. In 2016, she was appointed to head the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis’ 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, a gender-equality initiative focused on improving women’s representation in leadership roles in government and public administration.

She is a sought-after speaker, addressing corporate and government forums on women’s rights, gender equality and the media. She also advocates for women through her positions on various boards and committees, including the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation and Women in Media Canberra, and is a Patron of Canberra’s Rape Crisis Centre.

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