The first female Chief Justice of the High Court Susan Kiefel has been named as Australia's most culturally powerful person for 2020 by the Australian Financial Review Magazine.
Each year the AFR Magazine releases its Cultural Power List, in which it ranks the movers and shakers of Australian society and their ability to shape the nation's view of itself.
Justice Kiefel was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court in January 2017, and was recognised this year for her investigation into former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon's sexual harassment of six former female associates.
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She was instrumental in naming Heydon, noting that she was "ashamed that this could have happened at the High Court".
In second place is Aboriginal Activist Pat Turner, whose work on redesigning the Close The Gap scheme culminated in a new agreement with the States and Territories to allow community-controlled Indigenous organisations to do the work previously done by non-Aboriginal people.
Importantly, the AFR Magazine recognised the massive cultural impact the horrific summer bushfire season played on the nation's psyche.
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Former Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service Shane Fitzsimmons was named the third most culturally powerful person and comedian Celeste Barber – who raised in excess of $50 million – was named in ninth place.
Two giants of Australia's football scene made the list, with AFL boss Gillion McLachlan and NRL boss Peter V'Landys taking fifth and sixth spot respectively.
The pair's fight to reignite their codes in the height of the pandemic, as well as the logistics of organising COVID-safe competition, made them cultural forces to be reckoned with in 2020.
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Other notable names on the list included Masterchef judge Melissa Leong, who became the first female judge on the Australian show and the first from a Singaporean-Chinese background.
Director Rachel Perkins was named at seventh for her landmark speech to push for renewed action on Indigenous recognition. Ms Perkins is well known for her films Bran Nue Dae, Jasper Jones and Radiance.
Rounding out the list was philanthropist Carrillo Gartner for her fight in helping to fund arts workers during the pandemic, and actor Nicole Kidman who was recognised for work in bringing high-budget productions to Australia.
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AFR Magazine Editor Matthew Drummond said this year's list particularly recognised heads who are cool under pressure.
"It's fitting for the 2020 Cultural Power List, in a year of bushfires and the coronavirus, that the list is dominated by people who kept calm in a crisis," Mr Drummond said.
"This is our 20th Power Edition, and the variety of people on the Cultural List speaks to how power can be found in many different aspects of our society."
AFR Magazine's 10 most culturally powerful people of 2020
High Court Chief Justice
Former Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service
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