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

Andy Bui
Valerie Paton
Mark Reynolds
Gary Wilson
Adele Fisher
Phil Burg
Dianne & Ian Hinton
Richard Baker
Todd Harper-Sun
Julia Blackham
Chery Gladman
Brendon Condon
Visser, Dorian
Margaret jack
Suzy Coad
Chris Welch
Sandy von Allmen
Bryan Hata
Casey Smith
Zoe Wright
Jeff Crocombe
Ella Fraser
Holly Stokes
Peter Blaquiere
Andrew Chong
Lisa Wilson
Carly Hill
Shannon Reid
William Taylor
Paul Hilton
1,987 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Andy Bui
    signed 2021-01-24 18:51:13 +1100
  • Valerie Paton
    signed 2021-01-24 18:51:01 +1100
  • Mark Reynolds
    signed 2021-01-24 18:50:49 +1100
  • Gary Wilson
    signed 2021-01-24 18:49:40 +1100
  • Adele Fisher
    signed 2021-01-24 18:49:33 +1100
  • Phil Burg
    signed 2021-01-24 18:48:42 +1100
  • Dianne & Ian Hinton
    signed 2021-01-24 18:48:33 +1100
  • Richard Baker
    signed 2021-01-24 18:48:12 +1100
  • Todd Harper-Sun
    signed 2021-01-24 18:48:11 +1100
  • Julia Blackham
    signed 2021-01-24 18:47:55 +1100
  • Chery Gladman
    signed 2021-01-24 18:47:21 +1100
  • Brendon Condon
    signed 2021-01-24 18:47:12 +1100
  • Visser, Dorian
    signed 2021-01-24 18:47:08 +1100
  • Margaret jack
    signed 2021-01-24 18:46:27 +1100
  • Suzy Coad
    signed 2021-01-24 18:46:23 +1100
  • Chris Welch
    signed 2021-01-24 18:45:53 +1100
  • Sandy von Allmen
    signed 2021-01-24 18:45:40 +1100
  • Bryan Hata
    signed 2021-01-24 18:44:42 +1100
  • Casey Smith
    signed 2021-01-24 18:43:46 +1100
  • Zoe Wright
    signed 2021-01-24 18:43:18 +1100
  • Jeff Crocombe
    signed 2021-01-24 18:43:01 +1100
  • Ella Fraser
    signed 2021-01-24 18:42:39 +1100
  • Holly Stokes
    signed 2021-01-24 18:42:01 +1100
  • Peter Blaquiere
    signed 2021-01-24 18:41:37 +1100
  • Andrew Chong
    signed 2021-01-24 18:41:18 +1100
  • Lisa Wilson
    signed 2021-01-24 18:41:11 +1100
  • Carly Hill
    signed 2021-01-24 18:40:22 +1100
  • Shannon Reid
    signed 2021-01-24 18:39:53 +1100
  • William Taylor
    signed 2021-01-24 18:39:53 +1100
  • Paul Hilton
    signed 2021-01-24 18:33:46 +1100

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