This story will be the same ending for the recent recipients of the Order of Fiji medal, once a democratically elected government is installed. Usurpers and disgraceful cowards will never ever be able to hang-on to any national recognition that they self-awarded themselves and their lackeys.
Disgraced former judge stripped of AO award
- Dan Harrison
- April 28, 2009
DISGRACED former judge Marcus Einfeld has been stripped of his Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) award.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce cancelled the general division award on Friday, announcing the decision in the Government Gazette.
Einfeld, 70, is serving a jail term of at least two years after lying to avoid a speeding ticket.
The former Federal Court judge had earlier pleaded guilty to making a false statement under oath and to making a false statement with intent to pervert the course of justice.
He received the award in 1998 for service to international affairs and the promotion of human rights. He was president of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for four years and worked in Palestine, the Caribbean, Rwanda and Bosnia.
Last year Steve Vizard — who in 2005 was fined $390,000 and banned from managing any corporation for 10 years after abusing his position as a Telstra director — handed back his Order of Australia award out of respect for the honours system.
Then governor-general Michael Jeffery gazetted regulations for cancelling membership of the Order of Australia in 2007. The award can be cancelled on the advice of the council or on the governor-general's own initiative, on grounds such as civil penalty under Australian or foreign law, an adverse finding by an Australian or foreign court or tribunal, or if the recipient has brought disrepute to the order.