But my expectations have been completely thwarted by the National Australia Day Council. Their choice as Australian Of The Year is (a)white, (b) male, (c) respected within his field, and (d) serious about doing real good for his fellow human beings.
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is a world leader in stem cell research. In 2014 his work restored mobility to a man who had been paralysed from the neck down after a knife attack.
Professor Sim believes his work may have applications to other ailments. He had the chance to test his work on himself when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Judging from his acceptance speech, he’s also a modest man with a sense of humour. He said of the other finalists that the only difference between us is my moustache.
An Australian Of The Year I can applaud. Trust me, it’s been a wait.