The annual list of Australia Day honours has been released.
Politically, the Liberal and National Parties have done well in this year’s honours.
The former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, and the former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, have been made ACs, Companions of the Order of Australia, the highest category.
Lynton Crosby, the former federal director of the Liberal Party, was made an AO. Crosby has been in the news in recent days for his role in advising the British Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard. Howard has announced an immigration policy which includes a crackdown on asylum seekers.
The former Queensland senator and Howard minister, Warwick Parer, has been awarded an AM, as has the former National Party member for Cowper, Garry Nehl.
Nicky Downer, wife of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, has been awarded an AM for services to the arts.