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6 responses to “Friday Hoyden: Marita Cheng, Young Australian of the Year”

  1. tigtog

    Hurrah for Marita! Fantastic outreach and mentoring, may there be much more of it.

  2. Mindy

    Amazing isn’t it, a young person does something really important like promote science to high school students and you hear nothing of it, yet the papers are filled with made up leadership challenge speculation and what the PM is wearing day in day out.

    Fantastic that Marita is just getting on with it and making the world a better place. A richly deserved award. I hope to hear a lot more about this young woman in the future.

  3. Mindy

    What I meant was I haven’t even heard of her as one of those good news stories that they like to put at the end of a news or ACA bulletin. I would have thought that someone trying to promote the study of sciences, which obviously she has been doing successfully for a while, would been in the media spotlight a bit more. But I guess she isn’t a sportsperson.

  4. Chris

    Mindy @ 4 – hopefully she’ll get some coverage in one of the ABC science programs now. News and current affairs programs aren’t much into covering sciences or engineering except when there is a big breakthrough. They just whine every now and then about the lack of people studying them (and mathematics) at uni.

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