With the decision to award Australia's highest honour to Margaret Court, it feels eerily as though Yes, Minister has come to Yarralumla, with Jim Hacker playing the role of a hapless governor-general rubber-stamping what is put in front of him.
What else are we to make of the situation? Just six months ago, governor-general David Hurley vowed in a statement to Crikey to restore confidence in an honours system battered by politicisation and skewed towards the wealthy and politically connected. He then proceeded to make a culture wars decision which recognises someone who for the last 30 years has campaigned relentlessly for extreme socially conservative values as founder and pastor of a Pentecostal church.
Court's award is in fact a promotion. She was awarded an AO -- the second highest Australian honour -- in 2007, in the final year of the Howard government. The award recognised not only her extraordinary tennis career which ended in 1977 but also her "pastoral care" works in the community.