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Dick Smith awarded AC

Old 7th Jun 2015, 23:17
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Dick Smith awarded AC

Mr Richard Harold SMITH AO, Terrey Hills, NSW

For eminent service to the community as a benefactor of a range of not-for-profit and conservation organisations, through support for major fundraising initiatives for humanitarian and social welfare programs, to medical research and the visual arts, and to aviation.
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Old 7th Jun 2015, 23:18
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Bravo Dick....
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Old 7th Jun 2015, 23:27
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Thumbs up

Ditto legend
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Old 7th Jun 2015, 23:37
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Yes. A truly great Australian.
Congrats and well deserved
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 00:03
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Three cheers for Dick...

Well done and well deserved.
And he ain't done with aviation yet.

Run, Dick, run.! See Dick go.!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 00:26
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Dick Smith

A GREAT Australian, an Icon and someone who makes me proud to be an Aussie. Congratulations my friend, well deserved!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 00:38
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Very well deserved. A truly great Australian!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 00:41
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Very well deserved. A truly great Australian!
Really? Am I the only one who thinks he's a ****?

And his latest brainfart is to want to run against Tony Abbott in politics and pass gay marriage laws?
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 00:56
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p.j.m and Tidbinbilla would seem to agree with each other.

I don't, well done Dick and keep it up.

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Old 8th Jun 2015, 01:02
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Well done Dick.... Aviation needs more folk like you!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 01:34
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Congratulations Dick Smith, well deserved.
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 02:37
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Thanks everyone. No I don't plan to get into politics to pass gay marriage laws- however after what has happened in conservative catholic Ireland I would think it is a forgone conclusion.

If I stand against Tony Abbot it will be to communicate that he can't get voted in on a policy of removing red tape and costs and then do the opposite to the industry I love - aviation.

It's so bloody dishonest.

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Old 8th Jun 2015, 02:58
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Congratulations Dick. A life well lived
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 03:13
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Dick;


Don't tarnish your good reputation by becoming a politician. I say this in all sincerity, you are more valuable to aviation doing what you are doing now in the real world. You get unedited media, not always good as we just witnessed, but feeling, real feeling from the gut of aviation with an ability to communicate with the voter who on most occasions, simply don't trust politicians.
Congratulations.
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 03:20
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Well, as my original thread was locked for Dick's award "not being aviation related" ... I'll add while I can ...

Some people may be of the opinion that Dick is not GA's Messiah - he's a very naughty boy - but who'd disagree that GA needs a saviour, and he's about as close as we've got at the moment!

(And, non-GA as may be, Dick's done more for this country than most, but, sadly represents the exception rather than the rule today.)
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 03:30
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Congratulations, Dick. We will never see eye to eye on some issues - not all - but your accomplishments go far further than aviation. This is well-deserved and it would be churlish for anyone to say otherwise.

As regards 'gay marriage,' dredge up an article from a few days ago in the SMH by Paul Sheehan. He provides a bit of clarity on the real numbers in that plebiscite. In short; Ireland does not have compulsory voting, a very large number did not submit a ballot and, combined with those who voted 'no,' two-thirds of the total population did not 'support' the affirmative. 'Lies, lies and damned statistics!'

I am ambivalent. If we had a referendum here, I'd live with the outcome whichever way it went. It's just my personal take, but I believe that the vast majority would too.

Still miss that juicy beetroot. The home-made burgers with the alternatives just aren't the same.
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 03:31
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but who'd disagree that GA needs a saviour, and he's about as close as we've got at the moment!
Agree. And well deserved Dick, even if there have been things you have done with which I may have disagreed.
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 04:09
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Frank. No way I would get elected but it would give a platform to communicate how the government is damaging small business.

What else can we do?
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 04:24
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Dick,
My sincerest congratulations, what more can I say.
Tootle pip!!
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Old 8th Jun 2015, 04:45
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It wasnt that long ago that a journalist unseated a sitting prime minister. Go for it.
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