Yes, I know it's an outdated remnant of our colonial past but it's still an important gesture of public recognition and respect.Ricky Grace, Luc Longley, Nicola Forrest among WA recipients of 2019 Queens Birthday honours
More than 2,700 Indigenous girls around the country receive mentorship and support to help get them through high school and beyond from former Perth Wildcats captain Ricky Grace's Girls Academy.
Former Chicago Bulls and Boomers basketball player Luc Longley, Minderoo Foundation co-founder Nicola Forrest, former football star and sports administrator Ron Alexander, community worker Reverend Sealin Garlett, former state education minister Liz Constable, Buddhist monk Ajahn Bhikkhu Brahmavamso and Surfrider Foundation founder Brad Farmer are among the others...
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Monk expelled over female ordination
Ajahn Bhikkhu Brahmavamso is being honoured for helping empower women in his faith, including the ordination of the first Buddhist nuns — known as Bhikkhunis — in Australia in 2009.
He has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Buddhism and gender equality.
"There'd been lots of discussion, lots of talk. No action," he said. "And so it came a time, when I decided something has to be done," he said.
"There were four very fine Australian women who wanted to become Bhikkhunis and so I did the ordination for them."
As a result, he was expelled from Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism to which he had belonged.
He said it was a sacrifice he was willing to make.