The story below represents a last desperate attempt to undermine the recognition of the achievements of the hero of Timor, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and of the former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce.
Now the restoration of the highest rank to the Order of Australia was effected economically and efficiently in the same way chosen to establish the Order.
This is by order of The Queen of Australia under what lawyers call the Royal Prerogative, which incidentally was the subject of a scholarly book by the great Labor leader, Dr HV Evatt.
As a constitutional monarchy The Queen acts under the Prerogative on the advice of the Prime Minister. By well established convention, the Prime Minister advises The Queen directly on matters relating to the viceroy, he does not air this beforehand in the Cabinet particularly when individuals are concerned.
There has been an extraordinary obsession by the republican politicians and the commentariat with this virtually costless but appropriate recognition of the achievements of Sir Peter Cosgrove and Dame Quentin Bryce.
This began with ridicule. Now the validity of the awards is being challenged by a pointless ''bush lawyer'' argument. The Fairfax sites were running a story on 2 April 2014 under the headline "Was Dame Quentin really as Dame when Tony Abbott said she was?":
It just doesn't wash. How Her Majesty gives approval under the Prerogative is obviously a matter for Her Majesty.
With such security as is considered necessary, she may do so by telephone or email with the formal documents to follow.
This applies not only to the creation or amendment of Letters Patent, and acts under the Letters Patent including the making of the awards such as that to General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
And it is not having any effect out in ''struggle street''. As Roy Morgan Research revealed this week, the principal concern out there is economic.
There are other concerns.
But some politicians' republic, or shredding the Flag or honouring achievements are just not among them.