Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Australian of the Year Mr Geoffrey Rush

So on the eve of Australia Day in the nations capital Canberra the Prime Minister has announced the 2012 Australian of the year, this time the title was given to award winning actor Mr Geoffrey Rush. Firstly the young fogey would like to state that he is certainly no fan of such an award to begin with, the actions of naming a singular individual( in more recent times also added has been young australian and senior australian and local hero) as the top Australian of the year is in fact unaustralian in this fogey's opinion. One would much prefer to see a larger number of deserving recipients bestowed with a Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia or a similar honour. Be that as it may the selection of Mr Rush and no slight intended towards him(Im actually a fan of many of his films) personally was a very poor choice if one had to be made. Some of the nominees included The Morecombe family who after loosing their son in a horrendous incident became prominent child welfare advocates, ACM Angus Houston AC AFC a man who has served this country for many years retiring as CDF  or Father Chris Riley AM who founded a well known youth charity or Dr John Boffa who has worked for 23 years as an indigenous health campaigner in the remote regions of the Northern Territory. Yet  somehow an actor who is generously remunerated for his work was deemed to be more deserving of the honour. Politics and Labors flattering of the arts is the reason behind this selection in this young fogey's opinion.

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