Australia drops knights and dames from honors awards

Australia is dropping knights and dames from its list of honors

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement that knighthood and damehood “are not appropriate in our modern honors system.”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the damehood and knighthood titles which had been reintroduced by the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2014 were "not appropriate" in modern Australia.

He said that Queen Elizabeth agreed to the recommendations to remove the titles from the Order of Australia.

Abbott at the time said Australia was honouring the Duke of Edinburgh's lifetime of "service and dedication," however,  later said that the decision was "injudicious."

Australia is a former British colony and the queen is its head of state.

Turnbull had previously campaigned  to turn Australia into a republic, which was then seen “unsuccessful.”

However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will once again discuss the topic again with Prince Charles later this month, when he visits Australia on a royal trip.

The government’s decision comes a year after Tony Abbott, Turnbull’s predecessor as prime minister, reintroduced the two honors and granted a knighthood to Prince Philip for his “service and dedication.”

That decision was widely condemned in Australia the media labeled it a “knightmare” and was seen as a factor that contributed to Abbott’s ouster in September as leader of the centre-right Liberal party and as prime minister.

Many Australians rallied together online with the hashtag #KnightsAndDames to welcome Turnbull's announcement agreed  that this was a step forward for Australia.

The statement said existing knights and dames, including Prince Philip, will retain their titles.

TRTWorld and agencies