Tuesday is Australia Day, divisive between we white invaders from England a couple of hundred years ago and more recent immigrants, and those who have lived here for hundreds of thousands of years, the Australia Aborigine. Many of the original people refer to the day as Invasion Day. As I have said in the past, there needs to be a less divisive and more inclusive day to celebrate Australia rather than the day white men arrived from England.
Australia Day awards are handed out and folk receive honours such as an Order of Australia. The homophobic and all round nasty person Margaret Court, even though she has two lower awards, is about to receive the highest honour of the land. Last night I was busy contacting the Australia Day Awards Committee, the PM, with copies going to my Federal politician, my current State politician and my former State politician.
I am not asking you but if you feel strongly, https://www.change.org/p/governor-general-oppose-margaret-court-s-australia-day-2021-honour
Attached is from her church where she ministers.
Here is what I wrote:
Firstly, why was the award leaked before it was awarded but I am pleased it has been which gives time for the committee to not proceed with the award.
So Margaret Court was a very good tennis player. She has already received two Australian honours for successfully playing sport in recognition and if either of them were recent, I think those awards were mistakes.
While not always the case, generally Australia in 2021 is not homophobic and it is an outrage the this homophobic extreme right wing religious nutter will be given the highest honour of the land.
I know the committee does not say why nominated people don't receive awards but I will be very interested to read why Court is up for an award who has all about being self when the very decent Dr Helen Caldicott who worked for the betterment of society and peoplekind was not. Did the committee consider her a rabble rouser leftie?
Attached is the aim of her church towards gay people. How can the committee possibly think she is an appropriate person in 2021 to receive the highest honour of the land? By giving her such an award you are endorsing an overtly homophobic person as worthy of honour and a person Australians should respect!
I have no respect for her and if she receives the award I have no respect for this committee.
I will add, there is a whole lot wrong with the way Australia Day awards are given. Get out there in the real world and find people who selflessly give their time and energy to society and not those who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for doing their jobs. And what is Court's wage from her church to do her job?