Monday, June 09, 2008

John Howard Queens Birthday Honours and other awards ...

Former prime minister John Howard tops a list of political and business heavyweights to receive the highest awards in the Queen's Birthday honours. Among 458 civilian awards, Mr Howard becomes a Companion of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia. Mr Howard's citation recognises his contributions to economic and social policy reform and his role in "fostering and promoting Australia's interests internationally and the development of significant philanthropic links between the business sector, arts and charitable organisations". Read it here ...

The Canberra Times put it like this, "After a year of disappoint-ments, former prime minister John Howard has finally received some good news and will join the select group of Companions of the Order of Australia."

There was in fact, other good news for Mr. Howard. In March this year he accepted the Irving Kristol award, let's revisit that very fine speech he gave, "I speak to you tonight as an unapologetic and continuing advocate of the broad conservative cause, restlessly conscious, as you are, that the battle of ideas is never completely won and must always command both our attention and our energy". Read it here ...

Personally, I would have loved to see our former Prime Minister receive an Order of the Garter ...