Former Victorian police chief commissioner
The first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia (and the first to famously march in uniform during Melbourne's gay and lesbian 'Pride March'), Christine left that role in April 2009 to take up a position as head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, which is working to oversee recovery and rebuilding in the Victorian communities that were affected by bushfire in February 2009.
The 2010 Community Leadership Oration
Christine Nixon knows all about trailblazing. The first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia, she's fought corruption, she's been applauded and criticised for marching in uniform at a gay and lesbian 'pride march' in support of human rights, she's witnessed the heartbreak of those who lost life, property and hope in the bushfires, she's seen a lot more of the grimier side of life than most. Yet she's never lost her belief in compassion and humour and the strength of the human spirit.