Red Kerry embarrasses a Liberal government one last time

So it turns out that recipients of  Australia Day awards are notified in advance and consulted as to whether they will accept the award. This is done to avoid embarrassment to the Governor General and the government.

This year there has been a kerfuffle over Margaret Court receiving an AC – the highest ranked award. She already has an AO – hold that thought – and this is some sort of promotion. I had never heard of Margaret Court until the gay marriage debate a few years ago. I do not know if she has done more to deserve the promotion or not, but clearly others do. Beyond lefties going bananas (‘going’ you say?) over a conservative receiving an award on Invasion Day, it’s hard to get too excited over this award.

One thing, though, the story that Margaret Court had received another gong was leaked – I understand by a journalist – also in an effort to embarrass the government, not to mention the good Reverend herself. That person should be fired and the media organisation censured by the government.

Now … step up Kerry O’Brien. Former journalist with the ABC. Known for good reason as ‘Red’ Kerry. O’Brien had obviously already accepted the award – in full knowledge that Margaret Court already holds an AO. He wasn’t too proud then to accept the award, even with it being Invasion Day and all. But on Sunday, apparently, he wrote to the Governor-General now declining the award. About two days after the leak.

So what do we have? First he declined the  award too late for his name to be withdrawn from the newspaper announcements.

But in time for his withdrawal to be news in and of itself. So O’Brien has managed to get himself into the news, and stick it up the government (and the Governor-General) one last time.

Now if the government were smart they would advise the Governor-General to refuse to accept the rejection and then strip him of the award. But, they are not smart.

In fact, if they were smart an award for O’Brien would never have been on the cards at all.

Can you imagine waking up on Australia Day under a future Shorten government and reading the news that Andrew Bolt or Paul Murray had won the Order of Australia for distinguished service to journalism and the media?

Me neither.

So why is it that Kerry O’Brien got one? This reflects very poorly on the government’s judgement. Now people will doubt make all sorts of excuses. Sinclair, you just don’t understand. The committee that makes the decisions is at arms-length from the government. This is an award that goes beyond partisan lines. There is more that unites us than divides us. Blah. Blah. Blah.

So let me repeat myself:

  1. Can you imagine waking up on Australia Day under a future Shorten government and reading the news that Andrew Bolt or Paul Murray had won the Order of Australia for distinguished service to journalism and the media?
  2. So why is it that Kerry O’Brien got one? This reflects very poorly on the government’s judgement.

Update: It turns out that Margaret Court’s AC puts her award on equal footing at Rod Laver’s award. So the greatest Australian male and female tennis players have a equal standing in the award stakes.

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119 Responses to Red Kerry embarrasses a Liberal government one last time

  1. Roger says:

    So why is it that Kerry O’Brien got one? This reflects very poorly on the government’s judgement.

    The government has little to do with these awards, Sinclair.

    According to Des on the OT once nominations are received and checked by public servants the process of finalising the recipients is in the hands of a committee and shrouded in secrecy.

    If the government was smart they’d just abolish them altogether.

  2. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “One thing, though, the story that Margaret Court had received another gong was leaked – I understand by a journalist – also in an effort to embarrass the government, not to mention the good Reverend herself. That person should be fired and the media organisation censured by the government.”

    That journo is a creep by the name of Justin Smith……the same Justin Smith who, on the afternoon of 7 April, hours after the HC verdict, appeared on Sky’s Chris Kenny and basically refused to acknowledge the HC decision and the innocence of Pell.

    Smith is a nasty nasty piece of work.

  3. Bones says:

    I agree with the tenor of your column.

    However you have shown no respect at all for Margaret Court. The fact that you were unaware that she dominated ladies tennis for many years in a Bradmanesque fashion with grace and charm is bye the bye.

    A simple acknowlegement of her achievements would have been quite sufficient.

    To remark as follows, ” I had never heard of Margaret Court until the gay marriage debate a few years ago. I do not know if she has done more to deserve the….” is ignorant and rude behaviour.

    Furthermore, clearly Margaret Court, God Bless Her, is being targeted largely because of her high profile so the manner and scale of achievement of her high profile is at the very core of the bad mouthing.

    The All England Tennis Club places her on a pedestal where she clearly belongs. And they have seen a few come and go.

  4. miltonf says:

    Great article Sinc.

    Agree abolishing them altogether would be a terrific idea.

  5. C.L. says:

    Can you imagine waking up on Australia Day under a future Shorten government and reading the news that Andrew Bolt or Paul Murray had won the Order of Australia for distinguished service to journalism and the media?

    LOL. Indeed.

    I see Turnbull scored an AC – the bunyip equivalent of a knighthood. The citation mentions his work for “marriage equality.” Making the day all about himself (of course), Turnbull has said it’s “ironic” that he got the award on the same day as Mrs Court.

    It is totally inappropriate for the government (or its gong committee; whatever) to cite such a contentious ‘reform’ as justification for bogan enoblement. This was done to ‘offset’ Margaret, obviously.

  6. miltonf says:

    Must admit I was surprised Sinc hadn’t heard of Margaret Court. Up there with Evonne Goolagong.

  7. Fred says:

    Kerry didn’t protest too much about Labor’s Bob Collins AO.

    “In January 2005 Collins was charged with possession of child pornography, and twenty-one child sex offences in the Northern Territory dating back to the 1970s. In 2006, he was charged with sexually assaulting a boy in Canberra in 1989. ”

    “In February 2008, the NT coroner stated that Collins had intentionally taken an overdose of prescription drugs mixed with alcohol, ‘following upon a background of three years of significant medical difficulties and in the face of upcoming court cases’. The coroner also ‘looked closely’ at the circumstances of Collins’ 2004 car accident, in light of suggestions that this was a suicide attempt, but was unable to make a determination.”

    “Five of Collins’ alleged victims were paid compensation under the Victims of Crime (Assistance) Act, after claims for compensation were accepted by the Northern Territory government.”

  8. mundi says:

    This reminds of the council of australia. Under Howard, the liberals actually made sure half it was evenly stacked and half the grants went to leaning on each side. Then when GRG got power they throat slit anything right leaning.

    However, I believe this is a deliberate ploy by the LNP. This is how the LNP has gotten and retained the centre vote so long to have given them power for so long. Australians are not stupid. They know under Labor government everything is absurdly one sided.

  9. Mak Siccar says:

    Spineless, clueless Lieborals = Liebor Lite.

  10. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Roger – as I said, people make all sorts of excuses. it reflects poorly on the government that they have little to do with the award,

    Bones – I didn’t know who Bradman was either for many, many years.

    Miltonf – you’re just making trouble.

  11. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    If o brien got an award scrap the whole award system , its and elitist toy to massage each others egos . Now if it was the porder of socialist labour or the red bammer that would be understandable ,red kerrys services to international communis are well documented

  12. C.L. says:

    The very idea of an “Australian of the Year” is infantile and embarrassing.

    American of The Year.
    Briton of the Year.
    Fijian of The Year.
    German of the Year.

    Mmm, nah. They’re grown-ups.

  13. Real Deal says:

    Now if the government were smart they would advise the Governor-General to refuse to accept the rejection and then strip him of the award. But, they are not smart.

    It is hard to disagree with the simple logic of your suggestion. He has demeaned the award by playing politics. If these awards are truly serious he has to be stripped of what he already has.

  14. Lee says:

    Can you imagine waking up on Australia Day under a future Shorten government and reading the news that Andrew Bolt or Paul Murray had won the Order of Australia for distinguished service to journalism and the media?

    Will never happen, despite the decisions about who gets these gongs allegedly being made at arms length from the government.

  15. mundi says:

    Kerrys award is disgusting because there was a time when you were meant to actually go above and beyond and do more than just your day job. How can anyone say he has served journalism in a meaningful way to the Australian public when he has sucked down millions of tax payer dollars doing so? Is this what AO has become? A another reward for government pigs at the trough? Sad.

  16. dopey says:

    ‘ Up there with Evonne Goolagong.’ Actually well above, up there with Rod Laver.

  17. Lee says:

    The very idea of an “Australian of the Year” is infantile and embarrassing.

    Couldn’t agree more.
    Another reason I am opposed to it is that it has been politically compromised beyond redemption.

  18. Brian Boru says:

    Knighthoods and AOs have often been given to gifted people who have just done well in their chosen field. There is no recognition for the ordinary father or mother who engages in a lifelong struggle to rear their family or for the person who deep in their community just gets in and helps where they can For this reason I cannot but take these awards with a sneering grain of salt.
    Other recipients are much more worthy in that they voluntarily give of their life beyond their calling in the struggle for a cause. For this reason I sometimes applaud the award.
    But now we see the likes of little bigoted people like Kerry O’Brien who seek to weaponise their awards in a cause unrelated to the actual award.
    Perhaps it is time to just disband the whole system.

  19. a happy little debunker says:

    I see Turnbull scored an AC – the bunyip equivalent of a knighthood. The citation mentions his work for “marriage equality.”

    Yep, Turnbull scored a gong for copying Tony Abbott’s strategy to break the decade long legislative deadlock over ‘same sex marriage’.
    He should be reminded how cheap & empty his ‘victory’ was…

  20. Noddy says:

    I don’t mind Australia Day Awards and recognition to volunteers in a LOCAL community level but ‘Australian of the Year’ at a national level has been usurped by ideologues promoting all things woke and un-Australian.
    The attacks on Reverend Margaret Court are despicable but what would you expect from people like ex-ABC Kerry O’Brien and Justin Smith?
    ‘Australian of the Year’ and ‘The Arts Council of Australia’, should be abolished so saving expenditure and further brainwashing of younger generations. Continue to celebrate the foundations of this great Nation on January 26th and enjoy the fruits of our forefathers every other day!

  21. Neil says:

    I didn’t know who Bradman was either for many, many years.

    I thought Bradman was known wherever cricket is played?? In one innings in England this was the front page of The Star when he was dismissed. No need to mention Bradmans name

    https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+682/13/75

  22. Mique says:

    Must admit I was surprised Sinc hadn’t heard of Margaret Court. Up there with Evonne Goolagong.

    Lovely lady and great tennis champion that she is, Evonne would almost certainly be embarrassed to read that Margaret Court has been said to be “up there” with her. If it were possible validly to compare tennis champions of different eras, but it’s not, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams, perhaps have a valid claim to be “up there” in the tennis stratosphere with Margaret Court, but Evonne is still in the upper atmosphere.

    And Sinc should be ashamed of himself.

  23. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Perhaps it is time to just disband the whole system.”

    I have long thought that.

  24. Dot says:

    Yeah…just get rid of the honours system and AOTY…it’s cringe guys.

    “American of the Year”

    Would be correctly laughed out of existence.

  25. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Speaking of Tony Abbott…has Abbott ever received an AO?

  26. dopey says:

    I doubt Turnbull would be getting the real award. Some people just get potential awards.

  27. C.L. says:

    Brian Boru
    #3737665,

    +100

  28. Perplexed of Brisbane says:

    Almost up there with Heather McKay……..

    I agree. Margaret Court is well worthy of the ‘upgrade’ of her award. They say it is for Tennis but I like to think it is a subtle middle finger to the marriage equality folks.

    The way the awards system has been abused, I think it is more the award isn’t worthy of her, not the other way around.

  29. C.L. says:

    Abbott has an AC, Cassie – supposedly the highest duo of letters available.

  30. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “C.L.
    #3737693, posted on January 26, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    Abbott has an AC, Cassie – supposedly the highest duo of letters available.”

    Thanks C.L.

  31. stackja says:

    Margaret Smith the greatest woman tennis player.
    She married Mr Court.
    Red Kerry is a nobody who appeared on the TV.

  32. miltonf says:

    O’Pooface is just another marxist propagandist funded by us.

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    She married Mr Court.

    Brother of one former State Premier, son of another former State Premier.

  34. Gavin R Putland says:

    I had never heard of Margaret Court…

    Obviously Sinc never followed tennis, even briefly, even a long time ago.

  35. vlad says:

    I will never understand the people who see Don Bradman as a quasi-deity. He was the best ever at a game which is just one game among many.

    Now, Walter Lindrum – there was a man!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Lindrum

    And he has the best grave in Melbourne General; check it out some time, Sinc.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Lindrum#/media/File:Walter_Lindrum_grave.jpg

    I agree that these bunyip honours should be scrapped.

  36. Tom Appleton says:

    There was an interesting video with Margaret Court and Rod Laver on ABC iview https://iview.abc.net.au/show/sporting-legends.
    Unfortunately no longer available.

  37. Snoopy says:

    “American of the Year”

    Would be correctly laughed out of existence.

    The US left still has regard for Time POTY.

  38. C.L. says:

    Monty was in here the other day concern-trolling about Catholics defending Court.

    On that subject: yes, she is an apostate and a phony reverend. I’m not sure how she dispenses with St Paul’s thoughts on women having ecclesial authority over men (as expounded in his letter to Timothy) but we’ll let that go for now.

    Catholics would like her to repent and return to Mother Church.

    On the doctrinal issues: her views on marriage and homosexuality are exactly the same as the Catholic Church’s. However, there is more to pastoral ministry than opening fire with the Bible (about whose admonishments she is obviously selective). Second: heterosexuals are not per se superior to homosexuals. Third: under no circumstances should a ‘reverend’ publicly name specific persons for the purpose of condemning their moral choices – unless such a person was of sufficient prominence to be scandalising a broad population. Chipping a lezzo tennis player for ‘having’ a baby was not appropriate.

    All of this, however, is irrelevant vis-a-vis her freedom of speech.

  39. Real Deal says:

    American of the Year”

    Would be correctly laughed out of existence.

    The US left still has regard for Time POTY.

    The WWF/WWE used to have a wrestling “Manager of the Year”. They were extremely funny awards ceremonies where at the end there were inevitable hijinks and trophies smashed over wrestlers heads. That what we need for AOTY ceremonies.

  40. notafan says:

    I agree ditch the lot.

    Not even volunteers need medals on their chests.

  41. Iain Russell says:

    There are many vile Kuntz in Their ABC’s bestiary of human filth, but Red Kez is the clear leader in foecal odiousness.

  42. Iain Russell says:

    Just read CL’s Papist pap about Our Meg. Maaate, you are on the losing side, as ever. Margaret has been born again into the true church of Jesus Christ. Repent, cobbler, foreswear and accept Jesus as your Saviour, not some wizened idolatrous pervert in the Vatican.

  43. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    American of the year? That would be paedo joe wouldnt it ? No one has ever stolen the prsidents job in the spectacular way it has ,democrims , Americas first half black president ,Americasfirst half Indian vice president and now Americas first kiddie sniffing president filth the lot of them .

  44. Paul says:

    What govt judgement?
    The leftists bureaucrats tell them this is fair. Just do it.
    The sooner we allow our govts to sack those lefty incompetents in the bureaucracy the better.

  45. C.L. says:

    Margaret has been born again into the true church of Jesus Christ.

    No, that’s the Church she left to become a fake reverend.

  46. Daily llama says:

    And in other hilarity, the ALPBC borrows its headlines from the main US networks
    “ Four arrested in Sydney’s Hyde Park after peaceful Invasion Day protest at The Domain”

  47. Bronson says:

    Red Kerry superannuated ex-public servant has an opinion! Well stop the world and lets all listed to it why don’t we. In all these arguments they are only one opinion against another neither is right and neither is wrong they are just peoples opinions they are not objective proofs of anything. Kerry is just doing what he did his entire pathetic career big noting himself and scoring political points off the LNP government nothing new, no great insights, and certainly with no great conviction. All the while he has happily hoovered up wads of cash from the extorted taxpayers.

  48. Bronson says:

    Ummm CL I think you left out the bit about the reformation…….

  49. Scott Osmond says:

    The liberals can’t help but shoot themselves in the head. It seems it’s in their DNA. Note if you are a liberal party officer, appeasing and playing nice, reaching across the isle in a hope that the left will do the same is doomed to failure. Kissing an enemy’s arse in a hope that they will hate you a little less only earns contempt from them and any bystanders. And yes, they view you as the enemy.

  50. Dot says:

    Margaret has been born again into the true church of Jesus Christ

    Which Protestant church is the right one?

    LOL 🤔😅🤓😎

  51. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I’m mystified that Kerry’s AO citation has neglected to include the word “propaganda” anywhere in it. Ok it’s a short citation, but you would think the most important aspect of his service would at least be mentioned.

  52. Des Deskperson says:

    ‘Red Kerry superannuated ex-public servant has an opinion! ‘

    And not an original one, it was copied from Dr Tuck.

    I have some respect for Dr Tuck, a otherwise quiet achiever who seems sincere if perhaps misguided

    The bloat, whose motives are likely to be murkier, simply, as they say, jumped on the bandwagon.

    And why, BTW, does the ABC keep referring to Dr Tuck as Dr Soo? Traditionally, Chinese family names come before given names. The ABC’s approach here is ignorant, verging on racist

  53. Roger says:

    The ABC’s approach here is ignorant, verging on racist

    The ABC…like the Australia Day Council, another government owned entity that should be abolished.

    BIRM.

  54. Ed Case says:

    ***‘ Up there with Evonne Goolagong.’ Actually well above, up there with Rod Laver.***
    Well above Laver. She changed the Women’s Game, she came from the wrong side of the tracks, and the Tennis Establishment hated her guts from the start and still do.
    Laver came up through the Harry Hopman system, eventually got to the top in the Amateur Game, then battled for years when he turned Pro.
    Margaret Smith won Wimbledon the first year the LTAA sent her over [1963], never short of positive opinions about her own ability, she opined that she could have won in 1959, had the officials holding the purse strings sent her.
    Doesn’t have a pleasant personality, in my opinion, from interviews i’ve seen.

  55. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus says:

    Sinc – as far as I know, as long as five people support a nomination chances are it will be awarded. It takes a while to go through the process – here is the nomination form: https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=OrderOfAustraliaNom&tmFormVersion=2.3

    So if you want to nominate Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray just find some people to support the nomination and I’m pretty confident that in two years they will have their gong – you don’t get to say whether it is an OAM, AM, AO or AC, but you do get to have the award made. And the nominator will be told in advance in confidence. I suspect there were some loose lips in the case of Court.

  56. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus says:

    PS: I don’t begrudge Court getting an AC – and I despise people like Red Kerry for making it an issue – but I don’t see what she has done since she got the AO that would justify being given an AC. It’s supposed to be something more than what was awarded before – perhaps it is pissing off lefties?

  57. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus says:

    PPS: I think Red Kerry will end up accepting his AO – he is just making a story of it now and it will be quickly forgotten that he withdrew and his ego will want to be fulfilled by having the gong. So don’t be surprised in a year to read of Kerry O’Brien AO

  58. Gorilla Dance Party says:

    The Order of Australia has mostly been given to people who have worked to ruin this nation. If the future is just and God is merciful, most of these recipients will be regarded as well as Benedict Arnold and Oliver Cromwell. I’d stop short of saying everyone who received it was terrible but enough are to make a reasonable generalisation.

    And of course, the Libs will do nothing but cuck. If Shorten were in charge, Court would be the only one missing on the list.

  59. Ed Case says:

    Have all the Former PMs got an AC?
    I’m guessing Yes, but what was the citation on Kevin Rudd’s AC?

  60. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus says:

    Ed – no Paul Keating hasn’t any award. To his credit he has refused to accept an award and said that doing the job of PM is not sufficient to justify an award

  61. Damon says:

    “I didn’t know who Bradman was either for many, many years.”
    But I bet you heard of Evonne Goolagong.

  62. Old Lefty says:

    Ah, Kezza. I well remember a couple of his classic election-night Freudian slips. Once, he and Maxine McKew started talking about how ‘we’ (i.e. the ALP) were doing. Another year, a swing to the ALP came out as a swing to the ABC.

    As I said on the other thread, if we’re not going to give awards to so-called bigots, how about cancelling the award to that foul-mouthed overgrown adolescent leftist bigot Tim Minchin?

    And whatever you think of Margaret Court, it’s pretty clear that she and her church have done more for the poor, out of their own pockets, than the army of leftist pissants baying for her blood.

  63. Old Lefty says:

    Meanwhile, Bruce Pascoe pushes all the buttons in the SMH: racism, colonialism, ecocide, but it’s all the fault of Christianity and the pope.

    That guff about the papal bull of 1498 has, by the way, been exploded by reputable scholars for years. But never let facts get in the way of PC.

  64. Old Lefty says:

    And we have Bret Walker SC AO – wait tillt eh leftards get onto that!

  65. Mc says:

    If the government was smart (which it is not) it would announce that every returned award is added onto Margret Court’s list. Infact, next year they should announce a waiting list of all the people that will get awards if anyone rejects one.

  66. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Ed Case
    #3737750, posted on January 26, 2021 at 1:55 pm
    ***‘ Up there with Evonne Goolagong.’ Actually well above, up there with Rod Laver.***
    Well above Laver. She changed the Women’s Game, she came from the wrong side of the tracks

    I’m interested as to why you say she came from the wrong side of the tracks?

    Around the time of Margaret’s childhood, Albury had only South Albury, Albury Central – which was/is close to the tennis courts where she played and I think where Margaret & her family lived, and a little bit of Forest Hill – there was very little development at that time in East Albury, which is on the other side, but not the wrong side, of the tracks 🙂.

  67. Old Lefty says:

    I think the Kezza and Maxine act was in 1996. As the night wore in, they looked as if the needed to be put on suicide watch. Anthony Green, in his ebullient manner, was running it in. When they asked after one of their Labor mates, Green would reply ‘Nah, he’s gone, nah, she’s gone’.

    In case you’re wondering, Green is the only reason for watching ABC election coverage.

  68. P says:

    And whatever you think of Margaret Court, it’s pretty clear that she and her church have done more for the poor, out of their own pockets, than the army of leftist pissants baying for her blood.

    While Ms Court’s initial award in 2007 was mostly for her service to tennis, it’s likely her promotion is related to her work as a pastor.

    Ms Court founded the Victory Life Centre, a Pentecostal church in Perth’s suburbs, in 1995.

    The church includes the Margaret Court Community Outreach program, which claims to be “one of the largest self-funded welfare arms in Perth”.

    In a video posted before Christmas last year, the organisation said it had delivered more than 2,100 tonnes of food to 42,000 families since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-23/australia-day-honours-list-explainer/13085180

  69. W Hogg says:

    Must admit I was surprised Sinc hadn’t heard of Margaret Court. Up there with Evonne Goolagong.

    Who??

  70. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Confirmed; she lived across the road from the Albury Lawn Tennis Courts, which are also not on the wrong side of the tracks😊.

    She was born Margaret Smith, 16th July, 1942 in Albury, NSW. Her birth was a battle. Her mother almost died and Margaret arrived in a less than healthy condition. The family lived in a modest, two bedroom, asbestos home. Nevertheless the circumstances were not all bad.

    Divine Providence provided twenty-four grass tennis courts across the road from her home. It was on those courts Margaret spent her childhood energy. Albury tennis coach Wally Rutter encouraged her. He mentioned her talent to Australian legend Frank Sedgman.

    christiantoday.com.au

  71. BrettW says:

    Compared to Court can anybody tell us what Kerry has done for anybody in the last several years ? I mean other than produce shows at over inflated costs to the Govt funded ABC.

  72. The BigBlueCat says:

    C.L.
    #3737730, posted on January 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    Margaret has been born again into the true church of Jesus Christ.

    No, that’s the Church she left to become a fake reverend.

    Well, that’s just ignorant and insulting, C.L. Pentecostal churches for the most part don’t have “reverends”, they have Pastors. She has a right to hold and express her religious views, and to freely associate with people holding similar views. In that regard, she is the same as Israel Folau, who most on the Cat defended.

    While you don’t have to share her version of the Christian faith, attacking her as fake without adequate justification makes your comment no better than if it was made by someone from GetUp!

  73. Forester says:

    Hardly anyone would have noticed the Australia Day awards if the committee had not awarded Red Kerry and Lord Wentworth one, prompting the free publicity.

  74. The BigBlueCat says:

    Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
    #3737759, posted on January 26, 2021 at 2:12 pm
    PPS: I think Red Kerry will end up accepting his AO – he is just making a story of it now and it will be quickly forgotten that he withdrew and his ego will want to be fulfilled by having the gong. So don’t be surprised in a year to read of Kerry O’Brien AO

    I agree … he’ll make up some claim that they wouldn’t take it back. He’ll be more than happy to use the post-nominals “AO”. He’s only “refusing” the gong as an act of political grandstanding, not as an act of solidarity with the LGBTIQ+ community (I don’t believe he qualifies, other than his Marxist leanings).

  75. pbw says:

    Court won a record 64 Grand Slam tournament titles, including a record 24 singles titles, 19 women’s doubles titles and a record 21 mixed doubles titles.

    She retired after Wimbledon in ’66, married in ’67, returned to contest OpenEra tennis in ’68, won a Grand Slam in ’70, had her first baby in ’72 and won her 11th Australian Open in ’73. (All of this from Wikipedia. Probably correct.)

  76. P says:

    Must admit I was surprised Sinc hadn’t heard of Margaret Court. Up there with Evonne Goolagong.

    Who??

    1971 Australian Open- Margaret Smith Court vs Evonne Goolagong

  77. Mique says:

    LQC is probably correct about Red Kerry “accepting” his AO. He already has accepted it, and it has been awarded. So officially it’s probably up to him whether he turns up on the day to collect the furniture, or whether he tacks AO onto his name. He’s already made a total dickhead of himself, so once more won’t make any difference.

  78. Pedro the Loafer says:

    To privately accept an award and then publicly reject it in a blare of publicity is a dog act by Red Kerry.

    A loathsome grub, even in luxurious taxpayer funded retirement.

  79. Herodotus says:

    Far too many of these awards are handed out to people who were just doing their job. They should be conspicuously and assiduously limited to those people who went above and beyond.
    This would cut the number down by 90% and make the awards more meaningful as more exclusive.
    They have been a big yawn for decades.

  80. Jock says:

    i, like many here, think thar Red is a giant wanker who should not receive a gong. but there is a misapprehension that the government controls all the awards. in fact it is done in a bipartisan way. the leader of the opposition and no doubt the greens are asked for nominations. same in the UK. otherwise why would anyone in the coalition nominate red?

  81. Gorilla Dance Party says:

    why would anyone in the coalition nominate red?

    The same reason Charlie Brown always trusts Lucy not to take the football away.

  82. Mother Lode says:

    Kezza is appalled that someone so doctrinally impure be allowed to sully an institution owned by, and proper to, the left.

    Some have crept in before, but only after their influence had fully waned. The Court woman repudiates one of their most (currently) central causes.

  83. Des Deskperson says:

    ‘i, like many here, think thar Red is a giant wanker’

    When he retired – provisionally, it would now seem – from the ABC, that channel repeatedly showed a little vignette of O’Brien musing about his career, life, the universe and the s**t. it concluded with him saying what a fortunate life he had had, compared to someone who had to be content with only one bowl of rice a day.

    This struck me as particularly cheap, lazy and sententious, not the sort of banality one would expect from an ‘acclaimed*’ journalist. If he were honest, original and brave, he would have compared himself to a working, taxpaying Australian on a tenth of his – O’Brien’s – salary.

    * but then, aren’t all ABC ‘stars’ ‘acclaimed’??

  84. vlad says:

    Have all the Former PMs got an AC?
    I’m guessing Yes, but what was the citation on Kevin Rudd’s AC?

    “For eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, to Indigenous reconciliation, innovative economic initiatives and major policy reform, and through senior advisory roles with international organisations.”

    https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/2004929

  85. Tel says:

    In fact, if they were smart an award for O’Brien would never have been on the cards at all.

    You said it buddy! Liberal government embarrasses itself … again.

  86. H B Bear says:

    Presumably not for takeover advice to HIH.

  87. Terry Pedersen says:

    Margaret has been born again into the true church of Jesus Christ

    Which Protestant church is the right one?

    She has her own. Margaret Court Ministries. More money I guess.

  88. Terry Pedersen says:

    While Ms Court’s initial award in 2007 was mostly for her service to tennis, it’s likely her promotion is related to her work as a pastor.

    Today’s citation only mentions tennis.

  89. Herodotus says:

    Terry Pedersomething fuck off.

  90. Bruce in WA says:

    Terry Pedersomething fuck off.

    +1 x 10 10^100

  91. Lee says:

    She has her own. Margaret Court Ministries. More money I guess.

    Disgraceful comment.
    Margaret Court’s church provided charity to many thousands of Australians last year alone.
    And they were doing a lot charity work before that.
    What have her critics and haters done?

  92. Squirrel says:

    Good point about Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray.

    The awards are the work of committees, but the committees are ultimately appointed by politicians – like the committee (board) which apparently oversees the activities of our beloved national broadcaster…..

  93. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Lee
    #3737946, posted on January 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm
    She has her own. Margaret Court Ministries. More money I guess.

    Disgraceful comment.”

    The creep only ever makes “disgraceful comments”.

  94. PK says:

    Won’t be the “the one LAST time”.

  95. Ed Case says:

    So she’s not a Pentecostalist after all?

  96. Richard Bender says:

    Everyone, bar Malcolm Turnbull, who received an AC this year already had an award. Why single out Court?

  97. Texas Jack says:

    Perhaps if January 26th were just another boring day? BIG tick, yes to that. No more ridiculous gongs? Tick, yes to that. I’m over giving ammunition to the Left to be sprayed around at the behest of left-leaning media. Can it. Drive a Mack truck over it. Move on. It’s divisive worthless rot.

  98. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Why single out Court?

    Because she’s a Christian, because she refuses to submit to the LGBTQI fascists…because she opposed SSM, because she opposes the transgender lies and nonsense.

  99. Ed Case says:

    If we nix the Awards, it’s one step closer to having our National Holidays taken over and trashed.
    Australia Day, Anzac Day, Queens Birthday, Labour Day, Show Day, we don’t have enough of these celebrations of our wonderfulness.
    Margaret was a rebel in her Tennis day, though she had the goods as well, i’d like to see a Rebels Day.
    We could celebrate Margaret Smith, Clem Hill, Peter Finch, Errol, perhaps Dick Pusey, if they ever let him out …

  100. Rex Anger says:

    Spack off, Grigory.

    2 socks on this thread. 2 lots of trollshit.

    2 lots of disgraceful.

  101. Tintarella di Luna says:

    I’m guessing Yes, but what was the citation on Kevin Rudd’s AC?

    Does Kevin Rudd’s have a lower case letter and a capital letter? Need to settle a dispute for a friend.

  102. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    This stupid, stupid country … 😠

  103. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Des Deskie has relayed (several times) on this blog that Red Kezza has an enormous (i.e. out of all proportion to his rotting stinking carcasse) beer bellee.

    Like numerous other labore luminaries such as Robert “Gay” Ray, Blob “let’s have some kiddies” Ellis and the infuriatingly still not dead yet, Graeme “Alpine Offset” Richardsoni.

    Scum, filth, detritus, etc – all too kind when attempting to describe these obscene disgusting bloated sacks of protoplasm … 😡

  104. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    In fact, if they were smart an award for O’Brien would never have been on the cards at all.
    You said it buddy! Liberal government embarrasses itself … again.

    Small beer really, a participation ribbon, when put up against poor old Speaker Bercow being denied the ermine.

  105. Mater says:

    Reminds me of another prick.

    1735099
    #3003289, posted on May 3, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    Along with hundreds of other ex Nashos I was invited to be presented with my National Service medal in Toowoomba in 2003, coinciding with the invasion of Iraq. This was 33 years after my service, and the timing of the nationwide process, just as Australian troops were deployed to Iraq, was political chicanery. They could have done it anytime.
    I rocked up, but tipped off the local rag and got front page coverage when I refused my medal.

  106. Fair Shake says:

    I for one support Invasion Day. I just to know who, where and when? I was always partial to Bali.

  107. Old Lefty says:

    The woketards will have more to be outraged about if they dig into the list. Milton Osborne, distinguished Southeast Asia expert who has just called out academia and the left for their fawning support of Pol Pot and Ho Chi Minh. And the late Father Paul Stenhouse – look him up if you don’t know about him.

    The pity is that Fr Stenhouse’s award is only an OAM, which is what they give the dog catcher in Manangatang.

  108. Old mate Tony Abbott brought in the AK, so all the lefty luvvies who had an AC were miffed at no longer being top of the wazza.
    I think ScoMo should go one better and bring in an award at the bottom of the scale. The OAP: Order of the Australian Poser.
    Kerry O’Brien would be a walk up start. And the nominations ought to be published – what better reading on Australia Day?

  109. tombell says:

    The Left have won. Get over it.

  110. sabena says:

    Geoffrey Gray,
    Don’t forget the OBN, invented by Private Eye.
    Many would qualify.

  111. sabena says:

    A couple of points.First,if Kerry does not want his order,then he can resign it in writing-r25 of the Order’s constitution.
    Second,do his comments bring disrepute on the Order?If so,the Governor General can cancel the appointment under r4(4) of the Termination & Cancellations Ordinance of the Constitution of the Order.
    Cats members might like to consider whether they should send letters to the GG”s secretary asserting that that has happened because no criticism should be made of a person by a fellow member for being awarded or accepting an honour.

  112. L.B.Loveday says:

    Old Lefty
    #3737769, posted on January 26, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Ah, Kezza. I well remember a couple of his classic election-night Freudian slips.
    .
    The Australian rejected this factual on-line comment:
    ****
    I lost all respect for him while watching an ABC Election Night broadcast when he said “The polls have not yet closed in WA, still time to vote Labor”, in clear breach of not only the ABC’s Charter, but the Electoral Act.
    ****
    I remember it well as I wrote to the AEC complaining, to no avail of course.

  113. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse says:

    I served the community for 10 years in the State Emergency Service therefore I should get an AO.
    You know it makes sense!

  114. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse says:

    The Australian rejected this factual on-line comment
    As L.B.Loveday has discovered it’s difficult to get some comments past the woke moderators at The Australian.
    My comment on Kerry refusing his AO which noted that he’d kept his meaningless Logie award was similarly rejected.
    I’m sorry I’m a bit late with my comments Professor Sinclair.
    I was busy yesterday ignoring Australia Day.

  115. Pyrmonter says:

    @ Doomlord

    I didn’t know who Bradman was either for many, many years.

    He was a dubious sharebroker who played cricket. Senior clerk and succcessor to the SE seat of https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hodgetts-henry-warburton-harry-10514.

  116. Ed Case says:

    That’s a tragic tale, sounds like he bet big against war in the late 30s and came unstuck.
    I’m also impressed at how orderly the history of South Australia is. The history of Queensland is so Dodgy, no one has bothered to record it.
    On the question of knowing who Margaret Court is, my earliest sporting memories are hearing Margaret Smith and Owen Davidson mentioned during ABC radios Racing coverage on a Saturday afternoon circa 1965
    Who remembers Owen Davidson in 2021, yet 56 years ago he was the biggest name in Australian Tennis [apart from Margaret Smith]?

  117. The Sheriff says:

    In Court’s biography she talks about how the overseas tours were led by Mrs Hopman (of Hopman Cup fame) who was very much part of the rich elite tennis establishment which controlled the predecessor body of Tennis Australia, and how Mrs Hopman mistreated the young girls she brought on tour, sitting on all the money earned by the players but not feeding them properly and forcing them to stay in substandard accomodation. Court ended up competing as an independent player rather than an official Australian player at one stage in protest. Her greatness isn’t just confined to pure tennis ability but is also due to her sense of right and wrong, and the willingness to stand for truth.

  118. Ed Case says:

    So I got to thinking, has Margaret’s near contemporary, Dawn Fraser, got her AC?
    Yes, she has, in 2018, MBE in 1967, Australian of the Year in 1964.
    From Wiki: Within Australia, she is often known for her controversial behaviour as much as for her athletic ability.
    That sounded interesting, but it turns 0ut to be a reference to her flirtation with Hansonism.
    Dawn’s seat in the NSW Parliament was abolished during her term, so she may have upset a few people in Macquarie St.?

  119. Ed Case says:

    Any ISBN for Court’s biography, Sheriff?

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