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

Arie Van Der Merwe
Christopher Davis
Cindy Trevean
Derek Pennington
Clint McKenzie
Greg Saunders
Andrew Keogh
Ze-Chuen Goon
Claire Bugg
robin williams
Ella Rose
Shane Curtis
Gillian Riley
Emma Allen
Jillian Fox
Ruari Macdonald
Simon Winchester
Ben Smith
Helen Mason
Shireen and lan Gunn
Susan Smiley
Sarah Metcalfe
Meghan Douglas
Anthony Austin
Raja Sengupta
Eleonore Smith
Sareetaa Vijayan
Maurie Richardson
Debra Cotter
Suzy Bevan
1,987 signatures

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  • Arie Van Der Merwe
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  • Christopher Davis
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  • Cindy Trevean
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  • Derek Pennington
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  • Clint McKenzie
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  • Greg Saunders
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  • Andrew Keogh
    signed 2021-01-26 21:41:06 +1100
  • Ze-Chuen Goon
    signed 2021-01-26 21:37:35 +1100
  • Claire Bugg
    signed 2021-01-26 21:37:29 +1100
  • robin williams
    signed 2021-01-26 21:34:58 +1100
  • Ella Rose
    signed 2021-01-26 21:29:41 +1100
  • Shane Curtis
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  • Gillian Riley
    signed 2021-01-26 21:17:12 +1100
  • Emma Allen
    signed via 2021-01-26 21:13:03 +1100
  • Jillian Fox
    signed 2021-01-26 21:02:49 +1100
  • Ruari Macdonald
    signed 2021-01-26 21:00:11 +1100
  • Simon Winchester
    signed 2021-01-26 20:52:27 +1100
  • Ben Smith
    signed via 2021-01-26 20:51:08 +1100
  • Helen Mason
    signed 2021-01-26 20:49:08 +1100
  • Shireen and lan Gunn
    signed 2021-01-26 20:41:26 +1100
  • Susan Smiley
    signed 2021-01-26 20:32:39 +1100
  • Sarah Metcalfe
    signed via 2021-01-26 20:32:37 +1100
  • Meghan Douglas
    signed 2021-01-26 20:25:08 +1100
  • Anthony Austin
    signed 2021-01-26 20:22:06 +1100
  • Raja Sengupta
    signed 2021-01-26 20:14:11 +1100
  • Eleonore Smith
    signed 2021-01-26 20:08:01 +1100
  • Sareetaa Vijayan
    signed 2021-01-26 20:02:57 +1100
  • Maurie Richardson
    signed 2021-01-26 20:00:48 +1100
  • Debra Cotter
    signed 2021-01-26 19:59:32 +1100
  • Suzy Bevan
    signed 2021-01-26 19:55:35 +1100

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