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Vic Premier brushes off chief health officer’s honours ‘snub’

Victoria’s high-profile chief health officer will not be upset when she is missing from this year’s honor roll, after NSW, Queensland and its federal counterparts all gave gongs, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said.

Three health officials overseeing Australia’s COVID-19 response were among those nominated for this year’s Queen’s Honor Roll announced late Sunday.

Former Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy, former Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant all appeared in place for their work during the pandemic.

But Professor Brett Sutton was not on the list, although he helped lead Melbourne through the longest and most successful coronavirus closure in the nation during the deadly disease.

“Professor Sutton has done an amazing job and knows it very well, I don’t think he should be troubled by that,” Mr Andrews said on Monday.

“It’s more focused, like all of us, on getting the job done, not necessarily on gongs.”

Mr Andrews noted the honors were “awarded by others”.

“I’m not determined who gets honored.”

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Professor Murphy was one of eight Australians who received the prestigious Order of Australia companion, and was CMO between 2016 and 2020.

He was one of the most important public figures in the country in the first response to the pandemic.

Dr. Young, who was also appointed an AC, was Queensland’s top health official for about 16 years and was well into the pandemic before going on to become state governor.

Dr. Chant, who has been CHO NSW since 2008, has been appointed an Order Officer.

Professor Sutton, who said on Twitter on Monday he was taking a month off, took his role in 2019, before the outbreak began in early 2020.

“Hope you dodged this damn virus,” he tweeted.

La The list of 992 people recognizes people from a wide range including sports, and Shane Warne’s end posthumously appointed an AO.

Warne’s nod came not only for his elite cricket career where he took the 708 Wickets Test, but also for his service to the community through charitable initiatives.

Governor General David Hurley said: “The recipients’ assets share some common characteristics — such as selflessness, excellence, and a commitment to service.

“Collectively, the recipients, whose achievements cover community service, science and research, industry, sport, art and more, represent the best in Australia.”

Other AC appointments include plant biologist and ecologist Patricia Selkirk for her services in conservation of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic ecosystem research, Chief Defense Officer Tanya Monro and former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.

In the military division, Vice Admiral Lance Johnston has appointed AC as a highly skilled strategic military planner and a champion of the Defense Capability System.

Military personnel were also honored for their efforts to evacuate more than 4,100 people from Kabul as it returned to Taliban control.

West Australian Carmen Lawrence, the first woman to become a state prime minister, is among the political honors.

Former Attorney General Robert McClelland (AO), former Speaker of the House of Representatives Stephen Martin (AO) and former federal chairman of the National Party Larry Anthony (AO) have appointed him an AO.

Retired tennis star Ash Barty has been named an AO after finishing his career as a three-time Grand Slam singles champion, claiming the Australian Open crown this year.

Other honored athletes include golfer Adam Scott, cricketer Doug Walters, skier Jakara Anthony and Australian women’s cricket captain Meg Lanning.

  • Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone who deserves it, nominate them to gg.gov.au.

-AAP

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