The process of awarding Orders of Australia has come under scrutiny in recent years, after a series of contentious appointments sparked furious backlash.
Between 2019 and 2020, formal reviews have been requested for awards made to controversial sex therapist Bettina Arndt, robot sex expert and former far-right political candidate Prof Adrian Cheok and former journalist Mike Carlton.
The decision to give former tennis player Margaret Court the highest honour in the awards system has also been heavily criticised due to Court’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights, including comments that transgender children were the work of “the devil”.
How does the process work?
The awards are considered by an independent body called the Council…