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Amid the growing politicisation of the Order of Australia awards, as revealed by Inq last week, Governor-General David Hurley has now made a rare public statement indicating he was open to seeing the awards system “evolve” to remain relevant to modern Australia.

“I am determined, across my term in office, to ensure that the Order of Australia is -- and is perceived to be by the Australian public -- the highest form of recognition of the efforts and achievements of Australians,” Hurley told The Australian today.