Credlin among political figures honoured


Prime ministerial advisor turned Sky News commentator Peta Credlin has collected a Queen’s Birthday honour.

Among the awards announced late on Sunday, Ms Credlin was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for her service to parliament and politics.

The Canberra veteran is best known for her role as Tony Abbott’s chief of staff before the then-prime minister was rolled by Malcolm Turnbull in 2015.

No stranger to controversy, Ms Credlin hosts a TV show on Sky News.

In 2019, she was made a fellow of the University of Melbourne’s School of Government, which noted her “extraordinary breadth of political and policy experience” and advocacy for women entering public life.

During her 16 years in federal parliament, Ms Credlin worked for Liberal ministers Kay Patterson, Richard Alston, Robert Hill and Helen Coonan.

Another high-profile Liberal woman to receive a Queen’s Birthday honour is former NSW party leader Kerry Chikarovski.

The first woman to lead a major party in that state was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for her service to NSW parliament.

The former Lane Cove MP led the party from 1998 until 2002 when John Brogden took the role.

Ms Chikarovski went on to become chair of NSW Women’s Rugby Union, sit on the board of NSW Rugby Union and establish a government relations business.

Former Victorian deputy premier Rob Hulls was appointed an AM for his parliamentary legacy.

As attorney-general, he brought in the Koori Court for Indigenous Victorians and led a push for the state’s human rights charter.

The lawyer-turned Labor MP’s first foray into politics was as federal member for Kennedy in Queensland between 1990 and 1993.

He later became chief of staff to then Victorian opposition leader John Brumby and in 1996 won the the seat of Niddrie.

He left politics in 2012 due to illness.

One-time senator and rugby league great Glenn Lazarus was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his sporting prowess.

He was elected with the Palmer United Party in 2013, defected in 2015 to sit as an independent and lost his Queensland Senate spot in the following year’s federal poll.

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