Call to abolish knights and dames

Tuesday, 03 February 2015

Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming has today announced he will introduce a Private Members’ Bill, abolishing Knights and Dames from the Australian Honours System.

Mr Laming said today’s decision to make the Order of Australia Council solely responsible for honours awards, including Knighthoods and Dames, was “inadequate”.

“Today’s announcement has failed to address the concerns and feelings of the electorate at large,” Mr Laming said.

He said the bill would call for the termination of any future Australian knighthoods and dames, while retaining all current recipients of the honour.

 The bill would reaffirm the Order of Australia (OA) as the nation’s highest award, as was the case with the previous system, he said.

“I will be submitting this bill to the Selection Committee in the coming days,” Mr Laming said.