Just heard the news and I couldn't be bloody happier about a damn fine bloke getting one of Australia's highest recognition awards/privileges. Onya Stuart Strickland OAM. And massive congratz to a true gentleman of two wheels, David Hawker AO. = = = = = = = = = = = MEDIA RELEASE -from Victorian Motorcycle Council June 11 2012 The Victorian Motorcycle Council (VMC) congratulates two Victorian motorcyclists who received awards in the mid-year Queen's Birthday honours list today. DAVID HAWKER AO. David lives near Horsham in western Victoria. The family property is stunning and is steeped in Australian history. He was a member of the House of Representatives in our Federal Parliament and was Speaker of the House for many years. He rides farm bikes on the land and a Harley on the road. He has long been active in rider movements for safety and rights. He rode in lights-on protest rides in Canberra. After retiring from federal politics he took on the job of chairing Victoria's Motorcycle Advisory Group (MAG). MAG is the state's expert committee to advise Vic Roads on motorcycle & scooter matters. David was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to public administration and monetary policy reform and to the community through local government, health and sporting organisations. STUART STRICKLAND OAM. Stuart came to Melbourne from Tasmania as a young man to work in the motorcycle industry for approx 40 years. He was Managing Director of Honda MPE for decades and was responsible for establishing HART. He has collection of motorcycles including a scooter for round town and a performance sports bike. He is a Director of Motorcycling Australia, the body controlling motorcycle sport in Australia. After retiring from Honda he took a seat on MAG and is a valued Consultant to VMC. Stuart was awarded and Order of Australia Medal for service to the motorcycle industry through executive and professional roles. Further information available from:- Peter Baulch Chairman - VMC Mob: 0428 246 175 firstname.lastname@example.org Tappedouttalking, Android style.