The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has described the University of Sydney’s decision to award an honorary doctorate to former Prime Minister John Howard as preposterous.
“This is the man who took us to war on a lie, and helped create the current anarchy in the Middle East and the terrorist threat we all live with today,” Mr Wilkie said
“John Howard, along with the former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, not only have the blood of countless people on their hands but also stand accused of heinous war crimes and should front an international court.
“The University of Sydney debases itself by this decision and diminishes the worthy recipients of its honorary doctorates.
“No wonder more than 100 academics from the University have signed a petition opposing the award. No doubt a great many Australians, including myself, are equally appalled.”