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Minister congratulates NSW Senior Australian of the Year

30 November 2011

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance has congratulated retired Children’s Court Magistrate Barbara Holborow for being named NSW Senior Australian of the Year.

Barbara was presented with the Award from the National Australia Day Council, which means she will now join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards to be announced on 25 January 2012 in Canberra.

The 81-year-old author, foster carer and public policy advocate, who retired from the bench in 1994, was recognised for setting up a system of free legal aid for children in NSW, a care court to deal with cases of neglect and a special jail for first-time offenders.

“Barbara has lost none of her passion or fire when it comes to helping the most vulnerable in the community and is not only an inspiration to older Australians but the entire community,” Mr Constance said.

“Since her retirement she has continued to defend the rights of children, fostering many, and continues to fearlessly crusade and lobby governments.”

“It was because of these qualities, she was chosen as an ambassador for the O’Farrell Government’s inaugural Grandparents Day, held last month.”

“I wish Barbara the best of luck when the national award winners are named in January.”

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