Australia Day Honours list for 2021 revealed: Turnbull, Cahill, Court honoured

The Australia Day Honours list has been revealed and notable Aussies being honoured this year include a former prime minister and a number of household names in Australian sport.Among them are Malcolm Turnbull, Gai Waterhouse, Greg Chappell and Tim Cahill.
Margaret Court has been honoured for her service to tennis but her nomination has been met with controversy.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday that he does not believe Court is worthy of the award.
“I don’t believe she has views that accord with the vast majority of people across our nation that see people from the LGBTIQ community as equal and deserving of dignity, respect and safety,” he said.
“I don’t believe she shares those views and I don’t believe she should be honoured because of that.”
In total there have been more than 800 Australians recognised, including 571 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, 28 recipients in the Military Division of the Order of Australia and 176 meritorious awards.
Governor-General David Hurley sent his congratulations to all those who were recognised.
“The individuals we celebrate today come from all parts of our great nation and have served the community in almost every way conceivable,” he said.
“They’re diverse and unique but there are some common characteristics, including selflessness, commitment and dedication.”
Some of this year’s most notable names include:
The 78-year-old was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to tennis as an internationally acclaimed player and record-holding grand slam champion, and as a mentor of young sportspersons”.
Court won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles and was the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 1963.
Her achievements on the tennis court are well recognised but her comments off the court – particularly about the LGBTIQ community – have been met with condemnation.
Court hit back at critics after news about her Australia Day honours were leaked. She claimed she had been unfairly bullied over her beliefs, calling on her outspoken critics to stop.
Mr Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister from 2015-2018, was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to the people and parliament of Australia, particularly as prime minister, through significant contributions to national security, free trade, the environment and clean energy, innovation, economic reform and marriage equality, and to business and philanthropy”.
The Chair of Australian Republican Movement published his fourth book, The Bigger Picture, in 2020.
The former Socceroos captain turned refugee advocate was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia for service to multiculturalism and human rights.
Foster has worked tirelessly to give a voice to refugees and asylum seekers who were kept locked up on Nauru and Manus Island and later in Australia.
Cahill, another former Socceroos captain who scored 50 goals for Australia, was recognised for distinguished service to football.
One of Australia’s greatest ever cricketers, who captained Australia in 48 Tests, was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to cricket.
The former Four Corners presenter and political correspondent is widely regarded as one of the most important voices in journalism. He was honoured for distinguished service to broadcast media.
The premier of South Australia between 2011-2018 was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the people during his time in SA parliament.
The Melbourne Cup winning racehorse owner was recognised with an Officer of the Order of Australia award for distinguished service to the thoroughbred horse racing industry.
The Better Homes And Gardens presenter was recognised in this year’s awards for service to broadcast media.
The former National Basketball League player and coach was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to basketball.
“Recipients have not put their hand up to be recognised. Most would consider the achievements that they are being recognised for to be ‘ordinary’ or just what they do,” the Governor-General said.
“Therein is the great strength of our system – recipients in the Order of Australia have been nominated by their peers, considered by an independent process and, today, recognised by the nation.
“The sum of these contributions speaks to our nation’s greatest strength – its people.”
Nominations for the Order of Australia can be made at any time throughout the year. If you know someone worthy, nominate them at