Save Clara's OAM!

Save Clara's OAM

Please sign our petition so that Dr Clara Soo doesn't have to return her Order of Australia, and so equity and inclusion are values honours recipients uphold.

Canberra doctor, Clara Tuck Meng Soo, has returned her Order of Australia Medal in protest against Mrs Margaret Court being awarded the highest Order of Australia.
In her letter to the Governor-General (attached), Dr Soo said,

“By giving this promotion to Mrs Margaret Court, the Council of the Order of Australia is sending a strong signal to distressed (LGBTIQ+) youth that discrimination and prejudice against them is tolerated. I do not want to be seen as supporting the values that the Council seems to be supporting with this promotion of Mrs Margaret Court. I would like to return my OAM."

In 2016, Dr Soo received an OAM for her life's work as a medical practitioner with LGBTIQ+ people, HIV+ people and those with drug dependencies. Dr Soo was one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia.

Sign our petition: Clara should not lose her OAM!

In 2016 Dr Soo received an Order of Australia medal for her life's work as a medical practitioner with LGBTIQ+ people, people with HIV and people with drug dependencies & was one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia.

Clara is a great Australian.

We applaud Clara’s stand and urge the Council of the Order of Australia to reconsider its decision and ask the Governor General and the Council of the Order of Australia to review their standards of review and how it came to be that someone with such a prominent, divisive and destructive impact could be further elevated.

Margaret Court has an enviable sporting record which has been frequently honoured, including receiving an AO in 2007. Her focus since then has been to use the platform her tennis career and honours she has received to divide the country and harm the sense of belonging and inclusion of some Australians.

Margaret Court's primary contribution to Australian society since being awarded an AO for her historic tennis achievements in 2007 has been to campaign to marginalise and malign LGBTIQ Australians.

Either the Council was not aware of the damage and division she has actively contributed to or they are and they are supporting it.

Australians cannot turn a blind eye to that conduct. We cannot ignore that it appears the Council seemingly appears to not celebrate inclusive Australian values.

We cannot accept that Margaret Court is an example of the best of Australians when she has worked so hard against the welfare of some of us.

We do not want Clara's life of service to not be celebrated by the Australian Honours System.

The decision has tarnished many Australian's perception of the Honours system and many distinguished Australians may reconsider their association that further elevates the divisive efforts of Margaret Court.

Please review the standards that guides the Council, affirm that Australian values celebrate the inclusion and dignity of LGBTIQ people and protect Clara's OAM.

*Signatories to this petition who have already been recognised in the Australian Honours system can also sign our open letter here*

Who's signing

Alana Jarvis
Helen Louca
Jessica Hennah
Nicole Hetherington
Sarah Jeffrey
Avril Garland
Logan Fraser
Angela Griffith
Carmelle Davis
Michael Bellas
Ann Ick
Renae R
Lily Weston
Jonathan Cox
Hamish Keefe
Katie Shaw
Michael Kleimeyer
Joanna Bruce
R Starmans
Russell Alphey
Geoffrey Thomas
Emma Lawrence
Rosalind Barrett
Gav Tidbury
Ann-Maree Suffolk
Marissa Ilsley
Nanette Lawrie
Kim Joon Lew
Adisti Adityaputri
neil jowsey
1,990 signatures

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  • Alana Jarvis
    signed 2021-01-26 12:14:22 +1100
  • Helen Louca
    signed 2021-01-26 12:12:49 +1100
  • Jessica Hennah
    signed 2021-01-26 12:12:22 +1100
  • Nicole Hetherington
    signed 2021-01-26 12:10:31 +1100
  • Sarah Jeffrey
    signed 2021-01-26 12:10:27 +1100
  • Avril Garland
    signed 2021-01-26 12:09:39 +1100
  • Logan Fraser
    signed 2021-01-26 12:09:26 +1100
  • Angela Griffith
    signed 2021-01-26 12:08:53 +1100
  • Carmelle Davis
    signed 2021-01-26 12:08:16 +1100
  • Michael Bellas
    signed 2021-01-26 12:07:58 +1100
  • Ann Ick
    signed 2021-01-26 12:07:13 +1100
  • Renae R
    signed 2021-01-26 12:06:54 +1100
  • Lily Weston
    signed 2021-01-26 12:06:53 +1100
  • Jonathan Cox
    signed 2021-01-26 12:06:44 +1100
  • Hamish Keefe
    signed 2021-01-26 12:05:51 +1100
  • Katie Shaw
    signed 2021-01-26 12:04:43 +1100
  • Michael Kleimeyer
    signed 2021-01-26 12:03:48 +1100
  • Joanna Bruce
    signed 2021-01-26 12:03:48 +1100
  • R Starmans
    signed 2021-01-26 12:02:57 +1100
  • Russell Alphey
    signed 2021-01-26 12:00:42 +1100
  • Geoffrey Thomas
    signed 2021-01-26 11:58:54 +1100
  • Emma Lawrence
    signed 2021-01-26 11:53:27 +1100
  • Rosalind Barrett
    signed 2021-01-26 11:51:42 +1100
  • Gav Tidbury
    signed 2021-01-26 11:49:59 +1100
  • Ann-Maree Suffolk
    signed 2021-01-26 11:49:28 +1100
  • Marissa Ilsley
    signed 2021-01-26 11:47:13 +1100
  • Nanette Lawrie
    signed 2021-01-26 11:46:31 +1100
  • Kim Joon Lew
    signed 2021-01-26 11:46:18 +1100
  • Adisti Adityaputri
    signed 2021-01-26 11:44:14 +1100
  • neil jowsey
    signed 2021-01-26 11:43:57 +1100

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