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  • Tony Abbott reintroduces knight and dame honours in Australia

    Breaking news on The Ageís website: Tony Abbott reintroduces knight and dame honours for Australians

    The loyal Monarchist Tony Abbotts rights the wrongs done under Bob Hawke's ALP government in 1986.

    He announced on Tuesday afternoon that up to four knights or dames will be appointed in any year.

    The first dame under the changes will be the outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce and the first knight will be incoming Governor-General Peter Cosgrove. All future governors-general will be appointed a Knight or a Dame

    Tony Abbott said the honour would be extended to Australians of "extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit. My intention is that this new award will go to those who have accepted public office rather than sought it and who can never, by virtue of that office, ever entirely return to private life."

    Mr Abbott said he expected these people to include governors-general, state governors, chiefs of defence forces and chief justices rather than politicians.

    He described the change as an "important grace note in our national life".




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