2010 Queensland Greats recipients
The Queensland Greats honoured in 2010 were:
- The Honourable Mike Ahern AO
- The Honourable Sir Llewellyn (Llew) Edwards AC
- Professor Michael Good AO
- Ruth Hegarty
- Dr James Edward (Eddie) Liu OBE OAM
- The University of Queensland.
The Honourable Mike Ahern AO
Mr Ahern has contributed to Queensland through his participation in politics, business, philanthropy and community service. Following a lengthy political career marked with innovation, fortitude and stoicism, Mr Ahern was appointed National Party leader serving as Queensland Premier for two years during a time of considerable challenge and change. After retiring from the political arena, Mr Ahern demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship in his successful shift to business leadership where he contributed to various initiatives advancing Queensland’s interest in technology, energy and financial development. In the social arena his role in promoting the leading-edge Queensland Community Foundation is significant in encouraging a culture supporting philanthropy within the state and providing a sustainable income stream for Queensland charities.
The Honourable Sir Llewellyn (Llew) Edwards AC
Sir Llew is an outstanding Queenslander who has made exceptional contributions to many fields. Sir Llew qualified firstly as an electrician and has since worked in the medical profession as a doctor, in government having served as the Member for Ipswich, the Minister for Health and Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer, and in business as a Director of the successful family electrical firm R.T. Edwards & Sons. Sir Llew has also contributed to the field of education through his long standing role as Chancellor of The University of Queensland. One of his greatest achievements of all is the lasting international impact World Expo 88 had on not only Brisbane but Queensland and Australia. No matter his occupation, Sir Llew has always maintained his goodwill and sense of humility as he helped transform Queensland into the great state it is today.
Professor Michael Good AO
Professor Good is a renowned national and international health leader who has made a life-long commitment to help prevent disease and improve the treatment of those who are sick. He has pioneered the development of vaccines for malaria and streptococcus A, which causes rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease afflicting large numbers of Indigenous Australians. Professor Good’s work stands to save the lives of thousands of people not only in Queensland but throughout the world. As Director, Professor Good has helped build and maintain the reputation of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research as an outstanding international research institution.
Mrs Hegarty has actively pursued social justice for Indigenous people for most of her life. She was the spokesperson for the Queensland ‘Stolen Wages’ campaign and 'The Redress Scheme' and has participated in a number of government advisory groups including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board and the Domestic Violence Council. Mrs Hegarty has established, operated and supported a range of Indigenous organisations and services. Mrs Hegarty has overcome the disadvantages associated with childhood institutionalisation and the historical racial discriminatory practices of previous governments to achieve practical outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland. Mrs Hegarty is also a published writer and is known for works such as ‘Is that You Ruthie’ and ‘My Bittersweet Journey’, which document her personal history as one of the Stolen Generation and her childhood experiences of living in the Cherbourg dormitories.
Dr James Edward (Eddie) Liu OBE OAM
The late Dr Liu had an unrelenting passion for serving the Queensland community. He was internationally recognised as a prominent Chinese community leader in Australia and was the driving force in the preservation of Chinese cultural heritage in Queensland. Known as the ‘Father of Chinatown’, Dr Liu was instrumental in developing Brisbane’s Chinatown precinct from a run-down inner city area into a vibrant, multicultural environment attracting millions of tourists. Dr Liu was a tireless advocate of the less fortunate and the driving force behind many noble initiatives such as looking after the aged, arranging life-saving organ transplants for children of under-privileged families, sponsoring gifted students and promoting Chinese language and Asian history through Queensland universities.