Champion tennis player Margaret Court did receive the highest award of our land and the skittles have been falling with a Canberra doctor notifying the Governor General's department that she was returning her award in protest.
Widely respected retired ABC journalist Kerry O'Brien did not accept his award in protest, citing the decision as being deeply insensitive and divisive.
Now Sydney artist and environmental activist Peter Kingston has not accepted his award, saying Court needs to reconsider her words and actions.
When the awarded reject them or hand them back there is a serious issue on principle of being in 'the company of someone else who received an award and should not have'. The system is broken, and in more ways than one.