Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS (Aus­tralian of the Year) Pro­fes­sor (Alan) Mackay-Sim. Well de­served.

How­ever, the con­tin­ual award­ing to politi­cians and pub­lic ser­vants is in­fu­ri­at­ing.

They are be­ing awarded for just do­ing their jobs, like we all do, but in their case usu­ally badly and well renu­mer­ated. Af­ter the shame­ful Rud­dGil­lard-Rudd de­ba­cle, Gil­lard on her politi­cian’s life­long pen­sion is deemed in need of a gong.

Where are the Abo­rig­i­nal women in the north of our state who tire­lessly fight the scourge of al­co­holism, vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault in their com­mu­ni­ties?

Where are the vol­un­teers who de­vote them­selves to women’s refuges, men’s sheds, dis­abil­i­ties and com­mu­nity drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams?

In­stead we go for celebrity ac­tors and mu­si­cians for just be­ing fa­mous.

This self-ag­gran­dis­e­ment with the same peo­ple who typ­i­cally ap­pear on gov­ern­men­tap­pointed com­mit­tees needs to be called out. ENZO LEONE, Maranga­roo.

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