Australians should remain eligible for internationally recognized awards for excellence. These include knighthoods and damehoods, as ACM has long argued. The small clique of republican politicians who sabotaged this should accept this. Aft...er all they themselves still cling tenaciously to their prenominal, ''The Honourable''. And many of them are curiously willing to accumulate all manner of foreign knighthoods from both various monarchies and republics, but with one proviso - they mustn't be Australian.
So why shouldn't Rod Laver be recognized as Sir Rod Laver?