Doctor hands back medal over Court honour

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01/23/2021

The fallout from Margaret Court’s controversial Australia Day honour has continued, with a Canberra doctor handing back her own award in protest. Clara Tuck Meng Soo says the decision to award Australia’s highest honour to the outspoken tennis great “promotes discrimination” to LGBTQ people. Court’s appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in this year’s Australia Day Honours List leaked on Friday before the official unveiling. The 78-year-old Pentecostal minister has come under fire in recent years for her public disparaging of same-sex relationships and transgender people. Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a medical practitioner with the LGBTQ community and people with HIV.

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