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There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame

March 25, 2014

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Knights and Dames are being reintroduced to the Order of Australia honours list thanks to Australia’s ruling monarch Tony Abbott.

Keen to get some runs on the board, Tony Abbott said the first to receive the titles would be outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce and her successor Peter Cosgrove, who takes up the vice-regal office on Friday.

Up to four knights or dames will be appointed each year.

“My intention is that this new award will go to those who have accepted public office rather than sought it; and who can never, by virtue of the office they have held, entirely return to private life,’’ the Prime Minister said.

“This special recognition may be extended to Australians of `extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit’ in their service to Australia or to humanity at large.

“I believe this is an important grace note in our national life.’’

Henceforth, Mr Abbott said, the serving governor-general will be the principal knight or dame in the Order of Australia.

Mr Abbott said Dame Quentin and Sir Peter had been happy to accept the honours.

He said all future governors-general would receive the honour, adding dignity and stature to it.

Mr Abbott did not say if former governors-general would receive the honour.

He did not rule out politicians becoming a knight or dame, saying he didn’t want to pre-empt who may be considered worthy of the honour.

The Prime Minister said the Queen had approved his recommendation to amend the Letters Patent constituting the Order of Australia.

The chairman of the Order of Australia Council will be consulted on any such recommendation.

Mr Abbott said the change would not affect existing companions, officers or members of the Order of Australia.

 

 

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  1. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:13 pm

    Abbott has just announced the return of knights and dames to the realm.
    Arise Sir John (Howard)

    been waiting for it, our elites love awarding each other the symbols of class, anything to set themselves apart.

    “accepted public office, without seeking it and never fully returned to private life”

    Wot??

    Don’t they hate public servants?

  2. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:14 pm

    Gives them a tradeable commodity too, AO – ooh that looks familiar.

    Very handy.

  3. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:16 pm

    Ooh Dame Bronwyn Beehive

  4. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:18 pm

    Lord it is true about Dame Q and Sir P. I don’t know if I am reading straight info or satire these days. My head hurts.

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:50 pm

    Lord reb of the Guttertrash

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:17 pm

    Seems I was a day too early … 🙄

    TB Queensland permalink

    March 24, 2014 9:52 pm

    I have a good deal of affection for old Trots as you can see from my earlier comment.

    I don’t – all 18th century wankers.

    I think they are interesting people.

    You could say the same about royal families .. also a bunch of ‘social rapists” …

    Next it’ll be mandatory senate seats for all the catlik bishopry …

    I can’t find any mention of reintroducing the 18th century in any of the speeches leading up to the election … I guess deceit is just so different to lying in the Catlik Handbook of Political Persuasion …

    This is like watching Tweedledum and Tweedledumber … Labor lost the last election and watching the current lot anyone could swan in next time …

    Go Clivey!

    Just who is actually running the country!

  7. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:18 pm

    According to Brandis, J Howard would be ‘absolutely worthy’ of a knighthood. Of course he is. No surprises there. This is a no surprises, no shocks govt isn’t it? Will he wear a small crown?

  8. March 25, 2014 6:21 pm

    “Lord reb”

    I must say it doe have a nice ring to it.

  9. March 25, 2014 6:39 pm

    Can we send these tinfoil tough guys to Europe to receive their trinkets.

    Crimea looks nice. Vlad can hand them out.

  10. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:48 pm

    Acc to Meedja reports Abbott did not consult Cabinet or colleagues. I wonder if he ran it past Peta Kremlin?

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:59 pm

    I must say it doe have a nice ring to it.

    Probably not a good choice of words … Sreb … 😯

  12. March 25, 2014 7:18 pm

    nothing like teabags handing out awards to themselves,

    l eagerly await the `awards` for,

    excessive mincing,

    sprinting out of parliament,

    nasty sign back-drop,

    hysteric Qandaland appearance

  13. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:23 pm

    Abbott is truly benighted if he thinks this has any popular support at all.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:32 pm

    Just noticed the photo of “our” Bron … looks like she makes her serious decisions in the loo – like the rest of us … do Dames fart?

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:33 pm

    …Acc to Meedja reports Abbott did not consult Cabinet or colleagues. I wonder if he ran it past Peta Kremlin?…

    …Abbott is truly benighted if he thinks this has any popular support at all…

    One of his “better to seek forgiveness than ask permission” moments?

  16. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:43 pm

    AO – I have since heard reports that say he had ermine talks with a select no of colleagues, including George Brandis.

    SB – TA is truly unenlightened. Perhaps more people will start to wake up.

    AO – HE will have us back in hats and gloves before the year is out.

    What a week! Our leader has brought back knights and dames and bigots.

  17. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:48 pm

    We are all Knights of the Garter Nights of the Gutter, now.

  18. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:52 pm

    What a week! Our leader has brought back knights and dames and bigots.

    well there is none more bigoted than a snot nosed toff!

    extra special maternity leave for the girls – tick
    titles for john, me and margie – tick
    law making it illegal to upset or offend bolt – tick
    only gina and rupert left

  19. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:01 pm

    Then what Armchair? Then what? That is what worries most.

    He needs to be in perpetual conflict. It is his nature.

  20. March 25, 2014 8:04 pm

    Since receiving my `award`, l must say l have felt superior to the rest of the teabags in every way.

  21. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:10 pm

    “Professor Sir Clive Frederick Living Treasure Titanic II Palmer sounds good but probably won’t happen.” [clivey]

    Just noticed the photo of “our” Bron … looks like she makes her serious decisions in the loo – like the rest of us … do Dames fart?

    can you even sit on the loo in those shoes?

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:25 pm

    Then what Armchair? Then what? That is what worries most.

    He needs to be in perpetual conflict. It is his nature.

    Very profound, Di! It also describes V. Putin …

    As I have oft repeated … and so does history …

    Hitler = Sudentenland, 1938 (German speaking Czechs)

    Putin = Crimea … 2014 (Russian speaking Ukraines)

    Pugilists are a particular type of human being … aggression “gets it out of their system” – at the expense of others – typical Robber Baron (including organised religion) modus operandi!

    Nothing is new – nothing changes …

    It does disappoint me to see and experience it in the 21st Century tho’ …

    Wasn’t it the Liberals (what a fkn stupid misnomer – they are absolute Conservatives) who accused the ALP of “class warfare”?

  23. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:39 pm

    In the spirit of reviving institutions that were thought past their use-by date, we* are ditching our teabags and intend brewing our refreshments in the traditional manner: One per person, and one for the pot.

    *royal pronoun, first person plural alert

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:46 pm

    We* (wot ToSY said) have never boiled a fkn billy let alone made fkn tea!

    Your secret gloating aside, ToSY, Abbott is an ancient mariner of the ludicrous set!

  25. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:58 pm

    You are right TB. Nothing changes and people fail to recognise that. Time after time after time.

  26. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:00 pm

    Intellectual heavyweight Turnbull must be slightly confused at how doltish blockhead Abbott continually outmaneuvers him. Purely by accident, of course.

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:16 pm

    LOL! ToSY … you’ve joined the Legion of Lost Souls! Welcome … chuckle!

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:23 pm

    I’m not sure whether the Liberalatzi are stunned or gloating over the Leaders latest political faux pas …

    Australia – egalitarian – BS says, The Prime Dickwit © … even the Poms hate the class system constantly perpetuated upon them … if Abbott wants Sirs and dames … he can fuck off to Pommieland … a BOAT awaits the Anglophiliac Twat!

    Did he think that he was some sort of Aussie hero ’cause the RAAF found some bits of a lost aeroplane and got to announce it in Parliament? The man is really a dork of the higher order!

  29. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:39 pm

    I must say I was shocked – shocked!,/i> – at Abott’s move.

    But knighthoods/damehoods aren’t just a British thing, Teebee. The republics of France and Italy have them, apparently. And if ours were dished out only on Australia Day, and not on Her Maj’s birthday, would that make them okay? Enquiring minds want to know.

  30. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:42 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:57 pm

    He needs to be in perpetual conflict. It is his nature.

    Even when he smiles he looks sinister and menacing.

    The perpetual conflict will come from within his own party room!

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:16 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/tony-abbotts-knights-take-us-back-to-the-dark-ages

    And the rationale behind the move is similarly regressive: the prime minister said the new gongs were needed because the existing ones recognised only “eminent” Australians while the new gongs would recognise “pre-eminent” ones.

    oh, I seeeee, better than all the rest…but:

    The method of selection also takes us backwards. The final decisions for other Order of Australia awards is made by the Council for the Order of Australia, on purpose, so they are not the gift of politicians. The new knights and dames of the land will be picked by the prime minister, with the chairman of the Order of Australia council merely consulted.

    instead of PM, maybe he’d like to be king tony, more fitting with his perceived birthright.

    the ‘tony’ awards, publicly funded personal favouritism for mates, sycophants and scoundrels.

    I would rather he gifted his mates out of his own pocket.

  33. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:24 pm

    If we’re going to have a new, higher level of award, it should be less British.

    Perhaps – ‘Ace’

  34. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:29 pm

    “Perhaps – ‘Ace’”

    Or “Ocker”.

    For services to Cricket, Country, and Pantsmanship, I dub thee: Ocker Warnie!

    OI!

  35. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:44 pm

    Bryce is popular but not preeminent, such incredible folly deserves to be knocked.

  36. March 25, 2014 11:22 pm

    Tony Abbott the surprise gift that just keeps giving, Whats next Saint Santamaria? Lord Bolt? Fuck me dead you just cant make this shit up? No wonder my dear mother hated Tykes so much. 🙄

    Between him and Pell puttin the hand out for a government buggery subsidy cause the catholickers think religious bummin and molestin is a government responsibility, we’re all gonna be ell and truly buggered by the time this goose stepping wingnut gets the chop.

  37. March 25, 2014 11:30 pm

    #Classic Lenore (not in a good way)”””””””’
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/tony-abbotts-knights-take-us-back-to-the-dark-ages
    ””””””””””””””””’

    Mr Rabbit has done this to pluck out some `Lefty` anger into the noise-scape, a wonderful distraction from the important. Lenore is helping him with that.

    The `titles` is largely bullshit that will effect very few,

    and there is as little harm or co$t in this nonsense as there would be allowing gay-marriage, of course this is more friverless than gay-marriage, so like all good teabags, Mr-Rabbit will choose the `less`important to give priority to.

  38. March 25, 2014 11:51 pm

    As a teabag of `caliber`, Mr-Rabbit is making sure l can be `titled` and tell lies about `niggers`, even white ones, without the `pinko`s being able to hamstring my superiority.

    lt is much more important `our` superiority is maintained than anything else.

  39. March 26, 2014 12:16 am

  40. Dianne permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:08 am

    We are going serfing.

  41. Dianne permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:41 am

    Will imperial measurements be back?

  42. Walrus permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:15 am

    “Perhaps – ‘Ace’”

    Not a bad idea. After all Sir Peter Abeles supposedly won his knighthood in a poker game with NSW Premier Bob Askin. On the last deal of the night Askin had run out of cash and instead offered up a knighthood which Abeles accepted .

    Aces High anyone

  43. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2014 9:48 am

    “Arch Duke” is more important than “Sir” and I can’t see why we should not have a few Barons, Counts and Arch Dukes about.

    Why stop at Sir?

  44. March 26, 2014 10:48 pm

  45. March 27, 2014 4:57 pm

    It must be infuriating to be in a party with a dead shit as the leader. I know I have been there too. But I feel that Abbott, as I stated before the election by virtue of his prior form, is a loose cannon unpopular in his own ranks tenuously holding on by a thin thread. John Howard pandered to neo right extremism and miscalculated the backlash only to be punished ruthlessly for it by middle ground Australia. Tony Abbott is quite unpopular, not half the political operative and no where near as smart as John Howard. As James Falk points out he has made a grave error of judgement and it will define him in already waning popular opinion. His divisive polemic will tire as the lies that elected him “at any cost” unravel to reveal unbridled ideological governance without partisan consideration.
    http://jamesfalk.com/honours-political-comms-disaster/

  46. March 27, 2014 7:30 pm

    John-W seems to prefer his Repug mates like cheney and dubya,

    than be Mr-Rabbit`s Sir Hood-ornament

  47. March 28, 2014 5:01 pm

    I love that Abbott’s free trip to Oxford is seeing him sniggered at.

    Lyra Belacqua he ain’t.

  48. March 28, 2014 5:04 pm

    Howard got a well ‘deserved’ Freedom Medal from his arseclown buddies at a rightwingshittank in the US.

    Says all there is to know about our ‘betters’ choosing awards for their bedfellows.

    Politically motivated awards…best just to sneer at them. They are for the benefit of the crotchsniffing fellowtravellers only .

  49. March 28, 2014 5:05 pm

    Not sure, coz I’m not following the news or politics very closely in recent times, but if Bryce accepts a Damehood(?) then she’s a chameleon of the vomit inducing kind…

  50. March 28, 2014 5:27 pm

    queen`s representative, repug-bryce already swallows the hypocrisy pill, trinkets and titles will be no problem for her

  51. March 28, 2014 5:49 pm

    I suspect you are absolutely correct.

  52. Walrus permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:52 pm

    I suppose all those with Victoria Crosses should hand them back as we’ll they being a British Award ?

  53. March 28, 2014 5:53 pm

    I quite like Quentin Bryce.

    #Justsayin

  54. March 28, 2014 6:00 pm

    Way to muddy the waters, walrus.

  55. March 28, 2014 6:06 pm

    I suppose all those with Victoria Crosses should hand them back as we’ll they being a British Award ?

    You really have a Mono Myopic version of the world… Most of Britain think the Monarchy is irrelevant, yet this ass clown pom PM, see’s us regress back to the shackles of Colonisation? When will Australia grow the fuck up? Not on Pommy Phoney Toney’s watch thats 4 sure.

  56. March 28, 2014 6:07 pm

    I quite like Quentin Bryce.
    #Justsayin

    Me Too

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:11 pm

    The republics of France and Italy have them, apparently.

    ToSY, I don’t want to live in a fairyland full of knights and princesses poncing around saying look at me, look at me …

    And while I was away I watched a BBC program discussing the “class” shite … a Pommie sheila reckons France has a class system those in the country v those in the city … the French guy stopped her dead … “possible, but we do not have any private schools” …

    Knights and Dames is big people playing a whimpy version of, Game of Thrones … pure fiction … get over it …

    Its the fkn Oscars … they earn big bucks for half a years work and then “recognise” each other …

    With any luck I’ll get a ticket to, The Mechanics Ball, this year … for services rendered :roll:(couldn’t help the pun) …

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:21 pm

    I suppose all those with Victoria Crosses should hand them back as we’ll they being a British Award ?

    I almost replied to that steaming little pile but walked around it instead …

    For those interested …

    The Victoria Cross for Australia was first awarded in 2009 there have been a total of four awarded …

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