Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed that imperial honours will be re-introduced in Australia.
Although the current honours system will remain, Mr Abbott said that knighthoods will add an important “gracenote in our national life”.
As a mark of respect, Mr Abbott said the new honours would be awarded not only to pre-eminent Australian men but also to “women and other objects important to Australians.”
In the first round of announcements, Mr Abbott said that outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce would now be Dame Quentin Bryce.
Current and less outgoing Governor-General Peter Cosgrove will continue to be called Pete.
The Prime Minister also announced that three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva would now be Dame Makybe Diva.
The Boxing Day cricket test in Melbourne will be referred to as the Sir Boxing Day Test, but only in Ashes years.
In a further nod to cricket, Shane Warne’s famous dismissal of Mike Gatting in 1995 will henceforth be referred to as the Sir Gatting Ball.
Dame Molly Meldrum has been honoured for his services to Australian and international musicians.
Perhaps most controversially, rising pop music superstar Lorde will now be Dame Lorde. Despite Lorde’s youth, Mr Abbott said the honour was warranted “if only so everyone knows she’s a chick”.
Knighthoods for politicians restricted
The Prime Minister stressed that knighthoods would only be bestowed on politicians in exceptional circumstances.
“At this stage, only the Prime Minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives will be allowed to receive knighthoods,” said Sir Anthony.
“Although this will be controversial, I’m confident that Sir Bronwyn can keep the unknighted members of Parliament in their places.”
The Tunnel are unknighted satire writers from Queensland.