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VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM NAMED ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2019Tue 30 October 2018VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM NAMED ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2019
Virginia Haussegger AM was named the ACT's Australian of the Year. Virginia is Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and BroadAgenda's Chief Editor, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor. She is passionate gender equality advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.
Virginia's work has taken her around the world, reporting for Australia’s leading current affairs programs; Channel 9 (A Current Affair), the 7 Network (Witness) and ABC TV (7.30 Report). For the past 15 years Virginia has anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra (2001-2016). She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
In 2014 Virginia was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media. She has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Women in Media Canberra; and is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.
Virginia's book Wonder Women: the myth of ‘having it all’ was launched by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a live ABC TV broadcast at the National Press Club. Her outspoken views on women and their place in contemporary society have been widely debated in the Australian media. Her seminal article on feminism and childlessness was ranked by The Age newspaper as among the most significant opinion pieces published in its 150 year history.