Hetty Johnston

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Hetty Margarete Johnston, AM (born 27 September 1958), is the Founder and Executive Director of Bravehearts Inc., an organisation advocating for better child protection in Australia. She is a lobbyist, who often highlights and promotes action against pedophilia within media, families, schools and in the general community. She declared in September 2012 a desire "to make Australia the safest place in the world for children".[citation needed]

Johnston has published a book detailing her beliefs called In the Best Interests of the Child.[1] Hetty Johnston has been named the Queensland Australian of the Year 2015.[2]


In 2004 Hetty Johnston unsuccessfully stood for a Queensland Senate seat in the federal election. In October 2015, she announced her intention to run for mayor of Logan city in the 2016 election.[3] She withdrew in December 2015, citing an inability to commit to the heavy schedule required, and the need to focus more on her family.[4][5]


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