2017 NSW Australian of the Year, Deng Adut will feature as the keynote speaker at Maitland’s Official Australia Day Ceremony.
Deng is a self-made man, a living example of Australian values such as multiculturalism and a ‘fair go’.
After starting his adult life working in factories, pulling the night shift in a petrol station and catching live chickens for slaughter, Deng now holds a Master’s Degree in Law and practices as a criminal lawyer.
Soon after featuring in the Western Sydney University’s award-winning ‘Unlimited’ marketing campaign, viewed millions of times around the world, Deng was invited to give the 2016 Australia Day address.
The public further got to know Deng through his highly-acclaimed biography, Songs of a War Boy, co-written with Ben Mckelvey.