Tasmanian-born soldier awarded VC

BURNIE-born Corporal Cameron Baird has been posthumously awarded the nation's 100th Victoria Cross, the military's highest honour.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement in Parliament this morning, in front of Corporal Baird's family.

Corporal Baird was killed in Afghanistan on June 22 last year.

He was a member of the Special Operations Task Group and was from the 2nd Commando Regiment based at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney.

He was awarded a Medal for Gallantry for his role in the clearance and search of a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan in November 2007.

Corporal Baird was born in Burnie in 1981, and moved to Victoria with his family three years later.

At the time of his death, his family paid tribute to a ``constant professional with an easygoing personality'', who loved hot rods and AC/DC.

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