Geoffrey Rush has been named Australian of the year - marking his extraordinary 40 year contribution to cinema and the performing arts.
He is pictured above reading the news in Stage Whispers Magazine. ( OK that is a joke)
But we at Stage Whispers salute him and laud the decision to recognise a leader in the performing arts for this honour.
The second Australian of the Year award in 1961 went to Dame Joan Sutherland.
Sir Robert Helpmann followed in 1965.
But since then many more sportsmen and woman have got the gong.