Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, June 13, 2003
WHAT A WEEK! Unlce is just recovering from the hangover after celebrating last Monday's good news that Geraldine Doogue has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia.

As leading front-person for Life Matters, Geraldine's innocence has survived more years than I can remember of assaults by the harsh realities her minders occasionally serve up to her.

Those of us who've moved beyond the communard coccoon under the pressure of the same forces can only admire Geraldine's tenacity, her capacity to be forever surprised at the failure of the world to serve the communard cause, to refrain from leaping one step ahead of the audience that Auntie wants.

The Honours Secretariat finds its own words for the citations provided for their awardees. You will see from the words they've chosen for Geraldine that deep within the de-Hollingworthed intestines of Government House at Yarralumla is to be found a sound appreciation of Auntie's purpose in life:

For service to the community, particularly as a commentator for social change