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

By bigfeet - 27 January 2009 44

The itsanhonour.gov.au 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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I missed out again on the Honours List…How did you go?
Gungahlin Al 4:57 pm 27 Jan 09

Nope – no gongs for me! Swap you nomination forms year JB 🙂

johnboy 4:52 pm 27 Jan 09

Er…

ACT Nominees for Australian of the Year?

If you missed that you’ve been living under a rock.

Granny 4:38 pm 27 Jan 09

At the ceremonies I went to at Bungendore and Braidwood they had local awards for the citizen of the year, the young citizen of the year and the event of the year. Do we have anything like that in Canberra?

If so, I’ve never heard of it.

housebound 4:00 pm 27 Jan 09

So what criteria would you riotacters use? We’ve ruled out awards for awards (eg olymmpians) and awards for doing the job you were paid to do (eg politicians and public servants). By implication we rule out anyone paid to do what they did – eg musicians and writers who aren’t dirt poor – we are left with volunteers and unsung heroes, but then they wouldn’t be unsung any more.

TroyWilliams 3:50 pm 27 Jan 09

I notced with dismay, that all gold medal olymipans and paralympians received an OAM. Congratulations to them, but I can’t help wondering if this has set a precedent. Will all future gold medallists receive an OAM regardless of previous acts or community standing?

Two medals for the price of one!

It’s been more or less standard practice for a while I believe, same for the Commonwealth Games gold medal winners.

p1 3:47 pm 27 Jan 09

I think if it was supposed to be Kimmy’s job, he would have got it in one of those many trys that he had.

George 3:38 pm 27 Jan 09

The only issue I have with the Awards is when people like Kim Beasley get an award for doing their job.

Public Servants and Politicians shouldn’t be given an award for doing a job that they are financially rewarded for. They should only be awarded Public Service Medal etc.

In Kim’s case, his award, was Kevin’s way of saying, “sorry mate I took your job”.

Mr Evil 1:22 pm 27 Jan 09

So Stephanie Rice gets a gong for shagging some Yank?

chewy14 12:42 pm 27 Jan 09

Congratulations to all who received Australia day honours.

As to singling out athletes as underserving of more awards, does this put them into the same category of some other recipients, who were rewarded for just doing their jobs?

BerraBoy68 11:55 am 27 Jan 09

I agrees with Belray et al… Winning an award for winning an award just seems ridiculous. Atheletes that win gold medals already receive significant attention and kudos due to their winning performance and it shouod not be a trigger for automatically receiving another award. This has also occured in previous years though and is unlikley to change.

With this logic, you would have to think that our most recent Victoria Cross awardee should also receive an Australia Day honour.

That said, to all the unsung hero’s out there that were recognised – You Done Good, Well Done and Thanks! To all the unsung hero’s out there that weren’t recognised this time round – Nevermind, Well Done and Thanks!

trevar 10:54 am 27 Jan 09

Props to the magnificent Ian McLean, who seems to be the only artist on the list, but is certainly worthy of the honour.

PM 10:53 am 27 Jan 09

Or dwarf tossers?

Thumper 9:58 am 27 Jan 09

I’d have to agree with belray about the olympians getting OAMs. There are so many other, much more worthy people out there who will never get this sort of recognition, especially in this new age of TV celebrity where you can be famous for appearing on something like Idol for two minutes.

By giving olympians a gong they have cheapened the whole system. Why not Australian cricketers as well? Or even Australian rugby league players? It has set a very bad precedence.

p1 9:30 am 27 Jan 09

I have to say, belray, that when I saw the news yesterday I had the same thought.

belray 8:56 am 27 Jan 09

I didn’t get a gong, which is not surprising because I really haven’t done anything special. This brings me to the list. I notced with dismay, that all gold medal olymipans and paralympians received an OAM. Congratulations to them, but I can’t help wondering if this has set a precedent. Will all future gold medallists receive an OAM regardless of previous acts or community standing? Many of the other recipients on the list received well overdue recognition for a lifetime of achievement or devotion, so how does an olympian fall into that category? Granted, they have to devote their life (maybe 10 of their 22 years)to a sport – their reward is an Olympic gold medal if they are worthy. My opinion may be different if the recipients were multi-olympic multi-medallists.

Like I said, congratulations to the recipients in any case. Since I know how some posters on this forum like to vigourously jump on an opinion that differs from theirs, I am not attempting to belittle their achievement, this is just an observation.

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