End Don Burke's OAM

Petition: Revoke Don Burke's Order of Australia Medal

On Monday Fairfax media revealed that more than 50 people have made serious allegations about Don Burke’s actions – including allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and lewd behaviour.[1] Since then, investigative journalist Kate McClymont has reportedly "received a massive 200 extra complaints against the celebrity gardener".[2]

The alleged actions are horrifying and unacceptable, and should be denounced in the strongest possible terms.

At the same time, Burke has been awarded, and still holds, a Medal of the Order of Australia.[3]

According to the Honours Secretariat, one of the key purposes of the Order of Australia is to “define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievements and thereby identifying role models...” 

In light of the scale and seriousness of recent allegations, can you sign the petition calling for those responsible to cancel Don Burke’s Order of Australia Medal?

-References-

Source 1:  ‘A high-grade, twisted abuser’: Don Burke a sexual harasser and bully, claims series of women, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November 2017.

Source 2: The Journo Investigating Don Burke has Been Overwhelmed with more Allegations, Junkee, 27 November 2017. And again in: Don Burke: Kerry Packer told Nine star to behave. The Australia, 29 November 2017.

Source 3: Who is Don Burke? The TV Gardener accused of sexual harassment, SBS News, 28 November 2017.

To the Governor General of the Commonwealth, and Council for the Order of Australia, 

Appointees to the Order of Australia should exemplify the best of our communities, and our values. As the Honours Secretariat states, the Order should "define, encourage and reinforce community standards... identifying role models."

In light of the scale and seriousness of the allegations against Don Burke, we urge you to review and cancel his award of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Signed, 

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