Governor-General Of Australia Accepts Humanist Award
The following article is from the Secular
Humanist Bulletin, Volume 12, Number 2.
Bill Hayden, the retiring Governor-General of Australia, was named 1996 Australian
Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. The Governor-General
is the official representative in Australia of the Queen of England - who is the head of
state of Australia (and also the supreme head of the Anglican Church)!
Bill Hayden, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs, used his position as
Governor-General from 1989 until February 1996 to promote humanistic views on such
controversial issues as voluntary euthanasia, the adoption rights of same sex partners,
and Aboriginal reconciliation. In his position as Governor-General - the very embodiment
of establishment tradition - Bill Hayden was always proud to call himself a humanist.