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I missed out again on the Honours List…How did you go?

By bigfeet 27 January 2009 44

The website says that there were 752 Honours awarded this Australia Day of which 54 had a residential address in the ACT.

Congratulations to all recepients.  Maybe there are even a couple who post (or lurk) on Rioact!

So, did any of you get a gong…or know anyone who did?

What’s Your opinion?

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Mr Evil 12:49 pm 28 Jan 09

In my opinion, that dude who filmed himself speeding around Canberra on his motorbike (and then got busted by the Hawaii 5-O because he’d uploaded the footage on YouseTube!) deserves an OAM.

farnarkler 10:02 am 28 Jan 09

I agree totally; not every gold medal winner. Someone like AB who is the highest run scorer of all time deserves his and a few other long term champions (did Brock get one??) but giving them away like the poms do is ridiculous.

BerraBoy68 9:17 am 28 Jan 09

For mine one of the best recent winners was the Dr from Perth that help burns victims. Not many Australian would have heard her name before whe was announced Australian of the year.

Sports people getting awards is tricky but I have to say I side with Thumper. Those getting awards will typically get excellent sponorship deals and many have already reached the pinnacle of their sport through taxpayer funding, getting hero status etc. along the way. I’m not sure the recognition they get from an award such as these is needed. On this, I also recall an argument a few years ago in the media that top athletes who earn in excess of some figure (I think it was argued to be an arbirtary $1m) should have to repay their training fees, much like HECS. After all why should a doctor or surgeon have to repay the taxpayer for his training while a sportsperson get it for nix?

Don’t get me wrong I applaude succsess in an field of endeavour (except perhap serial killing). Maybe fame as an additional criteria for getting an award is just somehting we’ll have to live with. The slippery slope is very hard to get off.

Thumper 8:55 am 28 Jan 09

Simply because a scientists contribution will far outweigh a sportsman contribution in the long run. In addition, a scientist contribution can be used to help people all over the world, a sportsmans gold medal, is simply that, a gold medal.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that truly outstanding sportsmen and women should get a gong, for instance Ian Thorpe springs to mind, but not every gold medal winner.

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