In this sunburnt country, they are billed as the highest honours a citizen can achieve. But exactly how and why these prestigious awards are bestowed remains a process shrouded in mystery and controversy.
Ask seven-year-old Visca Tubashiku what she likes about Australia and she might say, ''I like maths.'' It was fitting then, that when Adam Goodes met Visca and her brother, Jenovic, 8, they talked about numbers.
There are few names in Australian athletics more recognisable than Robert de Castella, and he is no stranger to Australia Day honours.
One day, beautiful Jack will ask 'Why me?' And Tony Wilson admits he will not know what to say.
These faces are the future of the nation.
As citizenship ceremonies and barbecues fire up across the country for Australia Day, a senior government MP called for migrants to speak English as their main language.
Scores of the country's wealthiest people have been caught up in a huge government blitz that has recouped more than $430 million in unpaid taxes and fines last year.
He has been crowned Australian of the Year. But for Adam Goodes, Australia Day is a time of mourning: ''It's a very sad day for a lot of our mob.''
The navy has launched an investigation into revelations defence personnel are members of an online racist group that calls for members to fight the ''Muslim infiltration of our country''.
In the outer suburbs, a mother admires her two kitchens. In Bundoora, a manufacturing worker retrains. In Sunshine, a widow embarks on a life alone. At Point Cook an Indian migrant revels in a two-day weekend. And in Sunbury, a toddler juggles her toys and an iPad. These are the faces of five trends shaping Australia.
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