The Australian Christian Lobby celebrates the news that Margaret Court will be made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
There is no doubt that Margaret Court is a most worthy recipient of this award – the highest honour given to an Australian civilian – having contributed to tennis at the highest levels both as a player and as an ambassador for the nation.
Furthermore, as a leader in the Christian community, Margaret has continued to demonstrate the values of charity, selflessness, and service that we recognise with these honours.
It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear today’s comments from the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, denigrating Margaret Court. His comments do not reflect the richness and tolerance of Australia’s religious and cultural diversity.
ACL’s WA State Director Peter Abetz defended the tennis great, saying
“Anyone who has worked with Margaret Court, or knows her as I do, will testify that she treats gay and transgender people with absolute respect and dignity.
“We are confident that Australians will see beyond this narrow-mindedness to appreciate Margaret Court as the tremendous example she is to all Australians.”
In a pluralistic society we need to accept people of different views without resorting to accusations of hatred and bigotry. Overwhelmingly, Australians are proud of our religious and cultural diversity and recognise it as our strength.
We appreciate and congratulate the Council for the Order of Australia for resisting the temptations of cancel culture and awarding this honour to such a deserving recipient.