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Bronwyn Bishop (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

Take your pick as to the most outrageous Order of Australia award over the last two or so years.

Was it to Bronwyn Bishop (AO), the former speaker of the House of Representatives whose extreme partisan behaviour besmirched the independence of the role, and who resigned from the position after misusing taxpayer funds?

Was it Nick Minchin (AO), the Liberal Party staffer, senator and standard bearer for the party's climate change denialists who also used his parliamentary role to question the proof on whether cigarettes were addictive and harmed others?