A rich person who does good works is Australian of the Year. I guess he is better than a rich person who does no good works. I consider some recipients of Australia Day awards very worthy, most not. That Watsons Bay bloke who has offered comfort and tea to those considering suicide at The Gap is among the worthy. Officially, he has prevented 160 from making the dive. Unofficially, perhaps 400.
While I like Jessica Watson and admire what she achieved, how did she help anyone in any other way than the very oblique?
Ex Federal Treasurer Costello received an award, for just doing his job. I have done my job, where is my award? Andrew Highriser, for 32 years of faithful service in your employment.....I guess they know how much I dislike about my workplace and only apathy and a lack of ambition have kept me there.
There are countless numbers of people who voluntarily contribute to our community in many different ways. Where are their awards? Ok, a few do get them. More should receive them, at the expense of the rich who are just doing their job.
There are three or so places I plan to leave some money to. One will be a wildlife carer operation. How many of those wildlife carer people received an award? How many working single fathers of four received an award? How many Sea Shepherd volunteers who have saved countless whales have received an award?
May as well go back to giving out Sirs and Dames.