|John Howard Order of Australia
||[Jun. 9th, 2008|08:28 am]
From the Sydney Morning Herald today..
Phillip Coorey Chief Political Correspondent
June 9, 2008
JOHN HOWARD and the man who underpinned much of his success as prime minister are both recognised in today's Queen's Birthday honours.
Mr Howard will be one of eight to receive the nation's highest honour, the appointment as a companion of the Order of Australia (AC). His former chief of staff, Arthur Sinodinos, will be appointed an officer of the Order of Australia.
Others to be appointed an AC include the media owner Kerry Stokes, the television game show and soap opera pioneer Reg Grundy and the former union leader Bill Kelty. The former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop and the former Liberal senator Peter Baume, both of whom are now academics, have also received the top honour, as did the former Commonwealth solicitor-general David Bennett, and the West Australian judge Kevin Parker, the vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Mr Howard, who is overseas, said he was touched and honoured by the award, which recognised not only his 11½ years as prime minister but almost 34 years in Parliament. More than a decade ago his predecessor, Paul Keating, declined appointment as an AC, saying being prime minister was honour enough.