Hellbourne does not deserve an award


Jeff Kennett is right:

Victorians, every Australian should be outraged that the individual who has so destroyed the opportunities for generations in this state has been granted the highest civilian award in Australia.

In doing so, the awards under the Order of Australia have been devalued beyond recognition.

In awarding the highest honour to Mr Andrews, the Governor-General, and the Secretariat that manages the awarding of honours, have rewarded gross financial mismanagement of Victoria, the deaths of more than 800 Victorians, and manifest failure of Mr Andrews to discharge his responsibilities under the Westminster system.

Worse the awarding of the AC to Mr Andrews reeks of political interference and direction to the Governor-General and the Secretariat.

I agree. Dan Andrews wrecked Melbourne. My one lasting regret on this blog is that I supported lockdowns as long as I did.

This is turning the King’s birthday awards into a form of the Logies: corrupt and partisan decisions made to perpetuate the myth of the ruling class’s popularity.

Hellbourne is today a violent and angry shithole unrecognisable from pre-COVID years.


Giving Dan Andrews an award is more of the gaslighting that got it here.

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David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.