Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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The Minister for Youth, the Hon Kate Ellis MP today congratulated world motorcycle champion Casey Stoner on being named Young Australian of the Year for 2008.
"Casey is a tremendous ambassador for Australian sport and everything that young people can achieve with talent, hard work and commitment to their goals," said Minister Ellis.
"The people of Casey's hometown of Tamworth, New South Wales can be justifiably proud of everything he has accomplished since he won his first national title at just six years of age.
"Casey's rise through the ranks of elite motorcycling to win the Moto GP world championship in September 2007 promises to be first of many, high-profile successes on the international stage that I hope will inspire other young Australians," said Minister Ellis.
The Minister also congratulated the other finalists in the Young Australian of the Year Award, which recognises people aged 16 to 25 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians.
"They are all very deserving finalists who continue to make a fantastic contribution to the community," said Minister Ellis.
The Young Australian of the Year has been awarded since 1979.
Casey received his award at an Australia Day eve event in Canberra, where awards were also presented to the Australian of the Year, the Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over) and Australia's Local Hero.