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This story is part four in a series. Find part one here, part two here and part three here.

You know the honours system has lost the plot when even the monarchists are calling for them to be more egalitarian.

Today, Philip Benwell, national chair of the Australian Monarchist League, joined the push for a review into who receives an award. His comments (he told The Australian there's too much emphasis on "service to politics or business") add to the pressure for change which has built since Inq last week revealed the extent of the politicisation of the awards.