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Tony Abbott was born in England, and is, indeed, showing allegiance to the land of his birth (ie dredging knighthoods back from a British past and awarding one in the name of Australia to a British royal)!

Surely we could not create a better reason to ensure future prime ministers of Australia carry the pre-requisite of being born here. And … unseat the misguided Abbott.

Roma Newton, Kingscliff

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  1. To me as an Aussie, what hurts most is that, Prince Philip has all these titles to his name including now our knighthood and;
    His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Grand Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, Extra Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Royal Chief of the Order of Logohu, Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Canadian Forces Decoration, Lord of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Privy Councillor of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.

    Could we have chosen better, maybe Dame Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Member for Mackellar, NSW or even a better Team Australia player, his righteous self, Sir The Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Tony Abbott MP or maybe even Sir Keith Ruppert Murdoch being that his father, Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch received a knighthood.

    Prior to the Abbott regime, we matured as a nation with the passage to national honours. Regressing in this manner paves the path to dissatisfaction and resentment. It will take courage and initiative to reverse this step.

    Hopefully in a decade the idea of a republic will be ripe for the picking and yes, only the birth of an Aussie can be the leader of Oz!

  2. Anyone who is an Australian citizen should be allowed to beocme a PM not just someone born here. For those migrants who have been here most of their lives, like myself, and who love this country possibly even more than some of its native born who are flat out polluting, littering and trashing it, I take the above letter as an insult. My parents were British subjects up until my native country, Malta, became a republic. Perhaps Australia should grow up and become a republic first before you start making rules about who is allowed to lead the nation. It would show a sign of maturity hitherto-fore not displayed and as such shows that those willing to hang on to Colonial symbols, laws and customs are as much out of step with reality as someone like Abbott. As for the knighthood awarded to Prince Phillip it is obviously Abbott giving the middle finger to republicans and the leftists who he obviously is in contempt of. Sometimes I even think he might be right as we see so many leftist ideas seem to be against the best interests of Australians. As it is Prince Phillip’s contribution to charity and conservation in Australia have been quite extensive and laudable and no doubt he is having a good old chuckle about all this as in reality a knighthood for him is a meaningless bauble and probably means just more onerous duties for him in the future,.

  3. Roma, while I find the idea of celebrating the British conquest of this land offensive, what Abbott demonstrated yesterday is what an inclusive society Australia actually is.
    Despite all the barriers that most countries place in the way of people suffering from mental illness we can still find a place at the top for Tony.
    He has now swept away any doubt that he is in fact the Mad Monk.
    He’s really lost it.

  4. Easy: Tony does not know Knight from Daze: that is why he gave a pommie Octogenarian a Knighthood.

    Come on Tony: can we see you on the ABCs Q&A to answer our questions on why you have given this perhaps undeserved accolades to a non-Australian Citizen? Julia, who you used to chastise was on Q&A a few times: why have you not used this valuable service? You never seem lost for words, as long as the sentences are grouped into threes…..Come on take the challenge!

    regards a tony denier.

    ps: Who could lead the Libs:
    – Hockey: a silver spoon well distanced from the masses?
    -Bishop another Juliar?
    -Morrison: All right, no thanks
    -Pyne? nah never.

    Please promote some Backbench WOMEN!

  5. I am indeed disgusted at Abbot’s choice. I guess this could come from the knowledge that this is his one & only term in office (so look after the royals while your there), maybe he could hope to become’ lord warden of the sink ports’ ala Bob menzies. or some other exotic posting, Just shows i’m right you can’t vote them in because of the damage they do while in office (Liberals) God it’s hard to sleep,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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