In the Australian of the Year ceremony a man, whose cruel refugee policies still disgrace Australia, presented an award to a refugee advocate. Then a man who trivialises Indigenous objections to the date of Australia Day presented an award to an Aboriginal woman. Then a man whose political party doggedly opposed GST exemption for tampons for 18 years presented an award to a young Australian who supports international distribution of female sanitary products; and finally, a man who has consistently refused to criticise a co-religionist who failed to report child sex abuse presented an award to a sex abuse survivor. Next year, instead of insulting award-winners in this way, how hard would it be to find a presenter who actually cares about some of their causes? (Sydney Morning Herald, January 27, 2021)

Steve Cornelius

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