Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, has congratulated former Prime Minister John Howard on being awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
“Having worked for Mr Howard for many years, I know how important it was to him to serve his community,” Mr Elliott said.
“Such an award is befitting of Mr Howard’s contribution to Australian society and, regardless of your politics, one cannot but admire his drive and determination during his considerable political career.”
Mr Elliott said the Order of Merit was an honour which was bestowed by the Queen without need for consultation with the Government of the day.
“Mr Howard is in quite remarkable company as a member of the Order of Merit, with other award recipients including Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Sidney Nolan, Dame Joan Sutherland and Howard Florey.
“This acknowledgement by Her Majesty demonstrates just how highly Mr Howard was and is regarded throughout the world for his leadership, particularly in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.”
Mr Howard is expected to receive his Order of Merit – an eight-pointed cross bearing the imperial crown to be worn around the neck – at a ceremony later this year.