A large and growing number of Order of Australia medals are now being found at resource recovery centres around Australia, The Bug’s regional journalists are reporting.
The discarded medals come from all categories of the Australian honours system in both the civil and military categories. At least six have been from the highest level, the Companion of the Order (AC).
And the number is expected to soar as rubbish trucks across the nation deliver suburban waste to these centres, formerly known by really old people as dumps.
This apparently mass discarding of what should be treasured Australian honours follows
Sunday’s announcement of Peda Credlin as an Officer of the Order (AO), the second highest category. (pictured at top with her female AO medal)
Ms Credlin has been honoured for “her distinguished service to Parliament and politics, to policy development, and to the executive function of government”.
The Bug understands that by using those words the Order of Australia Awards selection committee is paying homage to the fact that Ms Credlin almost single-handedly as Tony Abbott’s chief of staff made him such a joke in a fairly short time that even his own party threw him out at Prime Minister.
An expert in Australia’s honours system as described the discarding of these medals as “an absolute tragedy”.
He urged existing holders of any Order of Australia medals to truly appreciate the value of those medals.
“At the moment, even your basic Medal of the Order (AOM) is fetching upwards of $70 on eBay.”
Above: A resident in Orange, NSW, uses a medal detector at the town’s local dum …. sorry …resource recovery centre.