A motion passed in the Senate today, with the support of the government, places pressure on the Council of the Order of Australia to strip Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia award.
Given the intensity of public feeling, the Council of the Order of Australia may find itself damned whatever its decision concerning Bettina Arndt's recently-bestowed Order of Australia
People who do good voluntarily in their own time get the lowest awards. Others get rewarded for holding high-status jobs.
The highest awards go to people who do their jobs. We could be giving them to people who do more.