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Croome named Tasmania’s Australian of the Year

Rodney Croome, gay rights activist and former editor of literary journal Island, is Tasmania’s Australian of the Year. Croome was commended as ‘a champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGTBI) rights in Tasmania and throughout Australia’, and for his 26 years of campaigning with ‘intelligence, courage, tenacity and vision’. He is now a national finalist for Australian of the Year 2015, along with other state and territory winners. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, children’s book author Jackie French is a NSW finalist for the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year Award.


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