Now that knighthoods have been restored to the Order of Australia, the question that is next asked is - who (and what) next?
The Prime Minister has said that there will be no more than four Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia each year. Presumably that excludes the ex-officio appointment of the Governor-General as the Principal Knight or Dame of the Order.
If so, we might see two recipients in the next Queen's Birthday list, due in early June - just two months away. What do we know about Tony Abbott's history and passions, and what might they tell us? After all, the nominations of AKs and ADs to the Queen are solely in the hands of the PM, although the Chairman of the Order of Australia Council will be consulted.
First, Tony Abbott was the founding executive director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the organisation that provided much (though not all) of the structure for the successful No campaign during the republican referendum of 1999.
Second, Abbott is passionate about indigenous issues. He volunteers in remote indigenous communities every year, and strongly supports recognition of first peoples in the Australian Constitution.
Third, Abbott's education at Australia's most prestigious Jesuit-run school and training as a Catholic seminarian inform his hybrid of social activism and muscular Catholic traditionalism. His detractors have previously nicknamed him as "Captain Catholic".
While little or none of this is immediately relevant to "The Monarchist", in my opinion these areas give us some insights into who Abbott might recommend for receiving titles in the future.