DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S
497. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing
the Minister for Youth:
(1) By what authority
was a decision made to change the name of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to the ''Duke
of Ed Awards'' and who made this decision and when?
(2) Has His Royal
Highness Duke of Edinburgh given his consent to this renaming; and, if so, will
the minister table any evidence of such consent; and, if not, why not?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) The Duke of
Edinburgh's International Award has not changed its name. The Duke of
Edinburgh's International Award has been operating for over 60 years. A
number of branding names have occurred throughout this time. The ''Duke
of Ed Award'' is the shortest acceptable use of the name in a branding sense. Within the United Kingdom, the award is
called the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. In the other 130 countries
where the award operates it must include the word ''international'',
hence the name in Australia is the Duke of Edinburgh's International
(2) In Australia,
the national office of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
advises what names may and may not be used.
Hon Simon O'Brien: That
does not answer the question.
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON: Yes, it
Hon Simon O'Brien: I am sorry, it does not. Why does the minister
sign off and present these when it does not do that?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON: That
answers the question. Goodness gracious!
Hon Simon O'Brien
The PRESIDENT: Order,
members! Unfortunately, we do not have supplementary questions as it happens in
other places. If a member wants to seek further information, they should ask
another question on another occasion.