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Sydney priest a finalist for Senior Australian of the Year Awards

Vincentian Fr Hugh Murray OAM was named on Monday as one of the three NSW finalists at the Senior Australian of the Year awards.

Fr Murray founded VINCARE, the Vincentians' AIDS Foundation, in 1985, when there was little or no support offered to people living with HIV/AIDS. He worked with people living with AIDS for ten years before retiring from active ministry. He was also elected to the Statutory board of the Anti Discrimination Board of NSW, where he has served for the past eight years.

The Senior Australian of the Year Award was a major initiative launched by the Commonwealth Government during the 1999 International Year of Older Persons. It is now an presented annually. Entertainer Slim Dusty received the 1999 award, and educator Professor Freda Briggs was Senior Australian of the Year last year.

Fr Murray was one of three finalists, selected from a field of 110 entrants in NSW and was honoured in a ceremony attended by her Excellency, the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Basher, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie. The national presentation event will be held in Canberra on the International Day of Older People (1 October).

Senior Australian of the Year 2000
Office for Older Australians