Australia Day honours list: Kylie Minogue and Peter Reith among 2019 recipients
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Australia Day honours list: Kylie Minogue and Peter Reith among 2019 recipients

This year’s Australia Day honours list has the highest proportion of women ever – but female recipients still make up just over a third of the list, only a 4.5-percentage-point increase from last year . Seven former Liberal or National male politicians have been honoured in the 2019 awards, including former Nationals leader Warren Truss, former deputy Liberal leader Peter Reith and former Liberal national director Tony Nutt. • Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning On Friday, 1127 people were made companions, officers or members of the Order of Australia, or received the medal of the Order of Australia, in honour of their achievements. Of these, 422 were women (37.5%) – the highest number and percentage of women to be honoured ever – and 705 (62.5%) were men. But the number of women still falls short of a new 40% target promised by Labor, and is close to the same imbalance the awards have maintained since 1975 . Last year, 33% of the recipients were women. Indigenous campaigners awarded Australia Day honours for role in 1967 referendum Read more Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John and Ian Thorpe are among this year’s recipients. Newton-John was […]

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