As One Nation experiences a political resurgence, TV presenter Andrew O'Keefe has a message for Australians: don't forget the extraordinary gifts of multiculturalism.

The Channel 7 breakfast TV and game-show host - one of several media personalities recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours list - fizzes with enthusiasm as he ticks off the benefits.

"It's the unique personality our immigration policy has provided that's given us an independent place in the world - an enormous boost both to our economy and to our culture," says O'Keefe, who's been appointed a Member in General Division of the Order of Australia.

It's a message O'Keefe - who was recognised for services to the media, social welfare, and fighting violence against women - hopes Pauline Hanson and her supporters might consider in light of One Nation's anti-immigration stance.

"It's a fact that 50 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have parents who were. That is the face of Australia. To deny that is to deny who we are."

Leading social commentator Bernard Salt, who has received the same honour, has a similar message.

Australia has been inclusive for generations, particularly since the end of the World War II, and there's much to be gained from continuing to embrace people from other cultures.

"I'm a great supporter of multicultural Australia," says Salt, who was recognised for his services as a demographer, researcher and commentator on social and cultural change.

"Anyone who loves this country, and makes a contribution and does their best should be included. I think, generally, Australians are very tolerant and very accepting."

Other well-known media personalities honoured this year include veteran Channel 7 newsreader Kay McGrath, for services to the industry and child protection work.

She's been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia and says it was an easy decision back in 1984 to team up with two police officers to set up Protect All Children Today, an organisation that's still going strong.

Since then, she's also become a high-profile patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, named after the murdered Queensland schoolboy who went out to buy Christmas presents for his family in 2003 and never came home.

"In a way, I'm being quite selfish," she says of her child protection efforts.

"Volunteering your time replenishes the spirit and the soul and if I can make a difference to one child, I'll be forever grateful for that."

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