Sir John – who was knighted in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours – has been appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia, and will be invested with the insignia by Australia’s Governor General.
“I was shocked and stunned when I got the phone call from PM Turnbull,” Sir John said on Monday evening.
“In my mind it’s a recognition of the closeness of our bi-lateral relationship. This honour should be viewed far more as a recognition of the bond between our two countries more than a personal award.
“I had always viewed Australia as our most important relationship and worked to ensure my actions reflected that.”
A fair dinkum honour!