Four Aussies contend for Human Rights Medal

ACtor Noel Tovey is one of the people nominated for the Human Rights Medal for 2014
ACtor Noel Tovey is one of the people nominated for the Human Rights Medal for 2014 Screen Australia

CAMPAIGNERS for social justice, the gay community and asylum seekers have been short-listed for the 2014 Human Rights Medal.

Four high-achieving Australians made the short-list for the Australian Human Rights Commission award this year.

Among them were St Vincent de Paul chief executive Dr John Falzon, school principal Dorothy Hoddinott, actor Noel Tovey and education campaigner Michael Traill.

Commissioner Professor Gillian Triggs said the candidates showed that "youthful idealism" did not fade with age.

She said each of the short-listed candidates has shown a lifelong belief in "taking personal action to achieve positive change".

The candidates have been variously involved in scholarships to help young people gain careers in performing arts; to help asylum seekers finish school; to help improve the health and wellbeing of older LGBTI people and to improve education and social welfare.

The medal will be presented at a special ceremony on December 10.

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