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Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement that having knights and dames was ‘not appropriate’ in Australia’s modern honours system. AAP/Rob Blakers

Turnbull ends Abbott’s knights and dames

The Turnbull government has scrapped Tony Abbott's controversial knights and dames awards.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has become a national laughing stock after knighting Prince Philip. AAP/Wayne King

Grattan on Friday: Tony Abbott faces battle to avoid self-destruction

If Tony Abbott were risk-averse, he wouldn’t have scheduled a National Press Club appearance for Monday. Or perhaps it was just another Abbott blind spot. Of course when Abbott signed up to turning up…
If Prince Philip’s knighthood was not an honorary appointment, it has taken the award away from an Australian. EPA/Karel Prinsloo

Explainer: how are Australia’s ‘knights and dames’ appointed?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott caused quite a stir when he re-established the appointment of knights and dames under the Order of Australia early in 2014. For this to occur, no law needed to be passed. Instead…
Sometimes satire loses the capacity to do its job. Paul Garrett

Knights, dames – be honest, Australia, you love it

Say what you like about knights and dames – they know how to cause a stir. This week we witnessed one of those moments when satire loses the capacity to do its job. On Tuesday Prime Minister Tony Abbott…

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