Australia will no longer award knights and dames honours, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday, labelling the titles as “anachronistic and out of date”.
Announcing the decision to scrap the titles on its 40th anniversary year, Turnbill said that the Queen has agreed to drop the dames and knights honours from the order of Australia.
The Cabinet agreed that “Knights and Dames are not appropriate in our modern honours system,” the government said in a statement. However, the change will not affect existing Knights and Dames of the Order, the statement said.
The old-style honours which were first abolished more than three decades ago were brought back in 2014 by then prime minister Tony Abbott. The honour, the nation’s highest award, was called a knight or dame in the Order of Australia.
Abbott had awarded the Dame and Knight titles to five individuals, including a knight title on Prince Philip, after its reinstallation in March 2014.
However the decision to confer the highest honour on Philip had invited public criticism at the time.