MAY I add my voice to the reported 80 per cent of Australians who regard Tony Abbott’s decision in awarding the Duke of Edinburgh an Australian knighthood foolish beyond belief.
I meet many Order of Australia recipients in my volunteer position of Convenor of the Order of Australia Association (NE/NW).
I can’t speak for them – but I believe this latest stupidity puts a shadow over people who wear their AC, AO, AM and OAM insignias on special occasions with great pride.
Without putting too fine a point on it – isn’t the Duke of Edinburgh a British subject with Greek heritage? Not all that Australian.
Sure he has done wonderful things, including his very special awards. Something young
Australians embrace across our country. Mind you, the Duke cannot give the knighthood back.