Posted by Kerry Martin
on 3 August 2020
Paul Stewart OAM (1979) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community and to the performing arts.
Stewart is a committed advocate for social justice and runs the 'Just Voices' program for Jesuit Social Services. A forming member and front man of the legendary Melbourne band, The Painters and Dockers, Stewart has been a formidable presence in the performing arts scene in Australia for more than 30 years.
Stewart has been a long time campaigner for East Timor, following the tragic death of his older brother. Anthony (Tony) Stewart (1971) was a 21-year-old sound recordist on assignment in East Timor when he was gunned down by Indonesian forces, along with four other newsmen in 1975, known since as the Balibo Five.
Stewart travels regularly to East Timor where he works closely with the Alma Nuns, who are in Australia this month. Stewart and the nuns visited the College to talk to students about the disabled and abandoned children they work with in East Timor. Alongside his numerous other charitable roles, Stewart is a founding member of the Mirabel Foundation and The Transplants, a band made up of organ recipients who promote the work of Donate Australia.