Just what has actor Geoffrey Rush ever done to deserve such an honour?
The 60-year old Academy Award winner was named Australian of the Year for 2012 a short while ago by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, ostensibly for his “contribution to the arts”.
But, apart from being a highly paid and self-serving movie star, Rush’s only other claims to some sort of noble status are being an ambassador for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and UNICEF Australia, as well as patron of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Big f …ing deal.
WTF has this bloke ever done for his fellow Australians? Oh, he opposed a shopping centre development in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell because, you know, shopping developments should be built in the poorer suburbs, not in wealthy Camberwell where Rush lives. Dick. Head.
Gillard can’t get anything right, but that’s no surprise. In my opinion the Oz of the year should go to someone who has served others, selflessly. If it could go to politicians I’d give it to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh for her outstanding leadership during last year’s Queensland floods & cyclone events. But apparently politicians are not eligible.
How about the parents of Daniel Morcombe, who have campaigned tirelessly for better child protection since their son was abducted and murdered about a decade ago? They are very deserving people.
Who do you think should have won it? I dunno, but giving it to Rush is almost as bad as the year they gave it to country music singer Lee Kernaghan. What a joke that was.