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Parkinson to give Australia Day speech

Updated January 20, 2011 12:22:00

Photo: Michael Parkinson at the Music Industry Trust Awards 2005 in London. He announced on June 26, 2007, that his next talk show series will be his last. (Jo Hale: Getty Images) Map: Sydney 2000

British talkshow host Michael Parkinson will be the first non-Australian to give the keynote address in Sydney on Australia Day.

The Australia Day Council of New South Wales has made the appointment, which allows an eminent public figure to give his or her perspective on Australian identity and society.

Chairman Angelos Frangopoulos denies Parkinson is a controversial choice.

"He is the first non-Australian to deliver the address and we believe his insights will be of great interest to all of Australia," he said.

"He is virtually an Australian anyway. He has been here on and off for close to three decades."

Parkinson retired from his self-titled television series in 2007 after 25 years.

Previous Australia Day speakers include environmentalist Dr Tim Flannery and politician and musician Peter Garrett.

Topics: australia-day, arts-and-entertainment, television, event, sydney-2000, australia, nsw

First posted January 19, 2011 12:22:00

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