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Actors, Activists And A Former Prime Minister In Queen's Birthday Honours List

Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty may have closed her foundation and stepped out of the spotlight, but she continues to be honoured for her work.

The 2015 Australian of the Year campaigned tirelessly after her 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father at cricket practice in Victoria the previous year.

"This is a societal issue that's always existed, you can't expect miracles to occur in such a short time," she previously told AAP about domestic violence.

She started the Luke Batty Foundation in 2014 to raise awareness of issues facing victims and to demand action from community leaders.

Her advocacy was key to the establishment of a Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria in 2015, with the state government vowing to enact all 227 recommendations it tabled in 2016.

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty cries on stage during her speech at a White Ribbon Day. AAP Image.

Batty announced the foundation's closure in 2018.

"It has been a gruelling and unrelenting four years in the public eye," she said at the time. "I realise that I can't keep going at this pace forever. It is unsustainable and I am tired."

Batty was appointed as an officer in the Order of Australia, as part of the Queen's Birthday honours on Monday, recognising her "distinguished service to the community".

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Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest merit in the country's only order of chivalry.

The former Labor leader has been given the title on Monday, using the occasion to recognise indigenous Australians and urge the nation to continue the important work of reconciliation.

"I dedicate this award to our indigenous brothers and sisters," Rudd said in a statement.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Photo: AAP Image.

"These first Australians are the oldest continuing civilisations on earth, and for those of us who have arrived in recent centuries, it is a privilege to share this vast and ancient continent with them."

Rudd, who issued a national apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, says he and wife Therese established the National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians to make their own contribution to reconciliation.

But at a national level, the next step should be constitutional recognition, he believes.

"This important work must continue."

Hugh Jackman

Actor Hugh Jackman was also awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia. He said the honour is "especially emotional and humbling".

"I am an immensely proud Australian, and am so grateful for the opportunities I have received by being raised there," he said.

His contributions to the performing arts and the global community helped him achieve this honour, with his portrayal as Wolverine in the X-Men films among the many on-screen performances lauded in the honours list.

Mr Jackman's stage career has also been celebrated, with impressive roles in Broadway plays including The River, A Steady Rain and The Boy from Oz.

The Sydney man's achievements go well beyond acting, with his contributions to the global community also helping his appointment as a Companion.

Mr Jackman's philanthropic efforts include as a benefactor for the Fight Cancer Foundation since 1996 and about ten years raising funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Li Cunxin

The man behind the story of Mao's Last Dancer, Li Cunxin has always wanted to inspire people to follow their dreams. Now Li has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to performing arts, particularly ballet in Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2019.

"This is truly something special for me," said Li, the current artistic director for Queensland Ballet.

"I feel so lucky to have had a career doing something I absolutely love and it's always been my hope that through my story and career that I can inspire others and encourage people to follow their dreams."

Another Australian dancer and choreographer, who has made an impact overseas, Meryl Tankard, was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Singers recognised in the Honours list include Guy Sebastian AM, David Campbell OAM and Darren Hayes OAM.