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

Kate Campbell
Kerrin Hudson
Kylie Bowers
Ashleigh Livingstone
Bjorn Hancox
Claire Hooker
Michael Brennan
Paul Muirhead
Karen Dods
Jo Thom
Felicity Olfers
Julie Jackson
Debra Gebert
Lynn Spalding
Shaun Peterson
Victoria Rika-Heke
Andrew Bullen
Fiona Bisshop
Rachel Pywell
Kristy Appadoo
Adam Washbourne
Margaret Gilbert
Annie Broad
Catherine Spedding
David Stone
carlie underhill
Dean Tsilfidis
Tania Nishimura
jo taylor
Cath Tubnor
1,990 signatures

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  • Kate Campbell
    signed 2021-01-27 06:49:25 +1100
  • Kerrin Hudson
    signed via 2021-01-27 06:37:38 +1100
  • Kylie Bowers
    signed 2021-01-27 06:29:20 +1100
  • Ashleigh Livingstone
    signed 2021-01-27 06:23:55 +1100
  • Bjorn Hancox
    signed 2021-01-27 06:05:14 +1100
  • Claire Hooker
    signed 2021-01-27 05:34:36 +1100
  • Michael Brennan
    signed 2021-01-27 05:23:46 +1100
  • Paul Muirhead
    signed 2021-01-27 04:39:45 +1100
  • Karen Dods
    signed 2021-01-27 04:31:50 +1100
  • Jo Thom
    signed 2021-01-27 04:25:38 +1100
  • Felicity Olfers
    signed 2021-01-27 02:54:52 +1100
  • Julie Jackson
    signed 2021-01-27 00:46:49 +1100
  • Debra Gebert
    signed 2021-01-27 00:03:10 +1100
  • Lynn Spalding
    signed 2021-01-26 23:57:05 +1100
  • Shaun Peterson
    signed 2021-01-26 23:53:36 +1100
  • Victoria Rika-Heke
    signed 2021-01-26 23:52:26 +1100
  • Andrew Bullen
    signed 2021-01-26 23:40:11 +1100
  • Fiona Bisshop
    signed 2021-01-26 23:31:52 +1100
  • Rachel Pywell
    signed 2021-01-26 23:31:34 +1100
  • Kristy Appadoo
    signed 2021-01-26 23:09:54 +1100
  • Adam Washbourne
    signed 2021-01-26 23:05:44 +1100
  • Margaret Gilbert
    signed 2021-01-26 23:03:57 +1100
  • Annie Broad
    signed 2021-01-26 22:59:28 +1100
  • Catherine Spedding
    signed 2021-01-26 22:51:47 +1100
  • David Stone
    signed 2021-01-26 22:49:42 +1100
  • carlie underhill
    signed 2021-01-26 22:47:29 +1100
  • Dean Tsilfidis
    signed 2021-01-26 22:44:57 +1100
  • Tania Nishimura
    signed 2021-01-26 22:41:20 +1100
  • jo taylor
    signed 2021-01-26 22:37:00 +1100
  • Cath Tubnor
    signed 2021-01-26 22:35:42 +1100

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