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Two priests now nominated for Australian of the Year

Last week it was youth worker, Fr Chris Riley, who was nominated by readers of the national daily, The Australian, for Australian of the Year. Today, readers have nominated another Catholic priest, Fr Frank Brennan.

The paper reports: Fr Brennan - lawyer, Jesuit priest and social justice campaigner - is best known for his outspoken stance on native title laws and his defence of Aboriginal rights to land during the early 1990s.

More recently Father Brennan has stirred the political pot on refugee issues and the Government's handling of asylum-seekers, and in doing so has been nominated by readers of The Australian for this paper's Australian of the Year award.

The director of the Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Sydney, Father Brennan was awarded the United Nations Media Peace Award in 1989 and the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians.

On January 2nd, the paper was highlighting the work of youth worker, Father Chris Riley, who has dedicated himself for more than 10 years to improving the lives of homeless, abused and desperate children on the streets of Sydney.

The Australian - Lawyer, priest and refugee champion

8 Jan 2004