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Australia 2005 IR Awards Nominees Announced; Awards to be Presented September 21 in Sydney.

Sydney, Australia, Sept 19, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - The sixth annual IR Magazine Australia Awards, hosted by IR Magazine in association with Computershare, will take place on Wednesday, September 21 at the Westin Sydney.

The awards are based on an annual independent survey of the investment community to identify those companies considered to be leading exponents of investor relations in the UK. The research, conducted for the fifth year by the Financial Research Company, also investigates contemporary developments affecting the IR profession.

Additionally, there will be an Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) conference in association with IR magazine during the day, prior to the evening awards ceremony. The conference will comprise plenary sessions, streamed breakout discussions and expert presentations on the most pressing issues and challenges facing today's IRO.

The awards are in association with Computershare, and co-sponsored by AAP MediaNet, ACN Newswire, Armstrong Miller + McLaren, Australian Stock Exchange, boardroomradio, Citibank, Georgeson Shareholder Communications, Orient Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sky News Australia, Thomson STREAMX and World Television.

Awards nominees, in company alphabetical order:

Grand prix for best investor relations by an ASX 100 company

ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL)

Stockland (ASX: SGP)

Grand prix for best investor relations by a non-ASX 100 company

Coates Hire (ASX: COA)

David Jones (ASX: DJS)

Macarthur Coal (ASX: MCC)

SFE Corporation (ASX: SFE)

SingTel (ASX: SGT)

Smorgon Steel (ASX: SSX)

Valad Property Group (ASX: VPG)

Best investor relations officer at an ASX 100 company

Stephen Higgins - ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

John Knowles - BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL)

Sean O'Sullivan - St George Bank (ASX: SGB)

Johanna Keating - Stockland (ASX: SGP)

Best investor relations officer at a non-ASX 100 company

Helen Karlis - David Jones (ASX: DJS)

Karen Mazor - Hutchison Telecoms (ASX: HTA)

Robert Reis - Nufarm (ASX: NUF)

Bruce Loveday - Smorgon Steel (ASX: SSX)

Best investor relations by a CEO or chairman at an ASX 100 company

John McFarlane - ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

Chip Goodyear - BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Grant King Origin Energy (ASX: ORG)

Gail Kelly - St George Bank (ASX: SGB)

Best investor relations by a CEO or chairman at a non-ASX 100 company

Bruce Phillips - AWE (ASX: AWE)

Malcolm Jackman - Coates Hire (ASX: COA)

Mark McInnes - David Jones (ASX: DJS)

Most progress in investor relations by an ASX 100 company

Brambles (ASX: COA)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)

CSL (ASX: CSL)

Macquarie Bank (ASX: MBL)

Most progress in investor relations by a non-ASX 100 company

Downer EDI (ASX: DOW)

FKP Property Group (ASX: FKP)

SingTel (ASX: SGT)

Smorgon Steel (ASX: SSX)

United Group (ASX: UGL)

Best communication of corporate performance & shareholder value creation

ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Macquarie Bank (ASX: SSX)

Rinker Group (ASX: RIN) Wesfarmers (ASX: WES)

Best investor relations for a new issue

Babcock & Brown (ASX: BNB)

Tattersall's (ASX: TTS)

Tishman Speyer (ASX: TSO)

Best investment community meetings

ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Macquarie Infrastructure Group (ASX: MIG)

Wesfarmers (ASX: WES)

Best investor relations & communications during a takeover

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

GPTGroup (ASX: GPT)

WMC Resources (ASX: WMC)

Best applied corporate governance

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Stockland (ASX: SGP)

Wesfarmers (ASX: WES)

Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC)

Best corporate literature

ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO)

Best use of technology for investor relations

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Macquarie Infrastructure Group (ASX: MIG)

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO)

Telstra (ASX: TLS)

Best ongoing management of continuous disclosure to the investment community

ANZ (ASX: ANZ)

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP)

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO)

Woolworths (ASX: WOW)

Best investor relations by a New Zealand company

Auckland International Airport (ASX: AIA)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (ASX: FPH)

Telecom New Zealand (ASX: TEL)

Tower (ASX: TWR)

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