The website of the Awards and Culture Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet carries several pages devoted to frequently asked questions.

  • How do I nominate someone for the Order of Australia?
  • I have lost or broken my lapel pin. Can this be replaced?
  • How do I check the process of a nomination for the Order of Australia?
  • I have more than one medal. What is the protocol for wearing them?
  • I am responsible for raising and lowering the Australian Flag. What is the protocol and how am I kept informed?
  • What happens if the person I want to nominate is not an Australian citizen?
  • How do I wear my state awards?

That kind of thing. One question the site doesn’t answer, and perhaps it isn’t asked all that frequently, is:

  • What is the process for stripping a recipient of his honour when he is found to have colluded in anti-competitive behaviour?

We ask, because today Richard Pratt, Companion of the Order of Australia, was the subject of deliberations in the Federal Court this morning that ended in a $36 million fine for admitted breaches of the Trade Practices Act. Which hardly seems becoming for a man who signs himself AC.

Over to you Awards and Culture Branch.

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