In a word: NO.
Before all my Indian readers start to go berserk, let me tell you why.
The criteria for deserving an OA include:
- demonstrated achievement at a high level;
- made a contribution over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid employment; or
- made a voluntary contribution to the community that stands out from others who have also made a valuable contribution.
In short, it is about contribution to Australia and Australians in general.
Sure Sachin has demonstrated achievement at a high level in cricket.
Is it over and above what might be expected through paid employment (in this case, cricket)? Perhaps.
But has he ever made a voluntary contribution to the Australian community? Never [I don’t even know if does in India but that’s not the point here]
What has he done for Australian citizens?
Has he run a charitable organisation both in India and Australia? Like Steve Waugh.
Or been involved in any other charities? Like Adam Gilchrist.
Done anything for women’s health? Like Glenn McGrath.
Or for young Aussies battling cancer? Like Ricky Ponting.
No. No. No. No.
I like you Julia Gillard. I said it last week. But I’m not happy with this decision.
Hell, even I’ve given more to the Aussie community than Sachin Tendulkar. I at least pay my taxes here which help a bunch of people on welfare. And compared to what Sachin does for our community, that’s a lot!
Can I be awarded the OAM for doing that along with a number of other Aussies helping our community in this way?
Until next time,