Why him, he’s not Aussie: Hayden on Tendulkar’s Order of Australia honour
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the honour for Tendulkar during a recent visit to India. Hayden, who is also a former recipient of the title, said only Australians should be conferred with such awards as they are about national honour. “I think it should be exclusive to Australians...I’m not so sure. There’re things that are sacred amongst our country,” Hayden said.
“I kind of understand the point of the fact that he has been such an iconic figure here in Australia and there’s an enormous population of Indians that are working here and living here very happily and in harmony with Australia that have naturalised and I think that’s a great part of our country, how multi-cultural that we are,” he explained. Tendulkar is only the second Indian after former attorney general Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
Meanwhile, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, ministers in the Australian cabinet haven’t taken the news too well. New South Wales MP Rob Oakeshott said: “This award has an obvious diplomatic touch point. I love Sachin, I love cricket but I have a problem with soft diplomacy.”
However, the Leader of the Opposition, Tony
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