Long-serving Yeronga South Brisbane club stalwart awarded an OAM


A lifetime love of Aussie Rules has seen Yeronga South Brisbane legend John Corless, receive a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) today for his service to community football in Queensland.

A champion of the Yeronga football community, Corless’ involvement with the Yeronga South Brisbane Football Club spans more than 60 years.

Head of AFL Queensland, Trish Squires, said it was fantastic to see Corless receive national recognition for his significant contribution to Queensland football.

“On behalf of everyone at the AFL, I’d like to congratulate John on receiving an OAM and thank him for his incredible commitment to the game,” she said.

“People like John are integral to the ongoing success of grassroots football.”

“From playing junior and senior footy at Yeronga, to working his way up to Presidency, he really has done it all!”

Corless was introduced to the club by his father Patrick, and Uncles Frank and Jack, as a junior.
As well as playing his junior and senior footy at the Devils, Corless participated in pre-season training with Carlton in the mid-1960s.

He captain-coached the Teachers’ Club for 11 years, finishing runner-up twice in the league medal.
He went on to be Club President from 1981 until 2006, a year which saw the Devils win their first senior grade flag, under son Tom as coach.

After handing over the presidency to another son Sam in 2007, Corless remained on the committee until 2013 in numerous different roles.

Corless was instrumental in the establishment of the Yeronga Junior Australian Football Club in the late 1980s.

He was inducted into the AFL Queensland Hall of Fame in 2014.



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Clara Tuck Meng Soo was awarded an OAM in 2016 for her work with the LGBT community




Clara Tuck Meng Soo was awarded an OAM in 2016 for her work with the LGBT community.

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Canberra doctor hands back OAM in protest against Margaret Court’s Australia Day honour



The fallout from Margaret Court’s controversial Australia Day honour has continued with a Canberra doctor handing back her own award in protest.

Clara Tuck Meng Soo says the decision to award Australia’s highest honour to the controversial tennis great promotes discrimination.

Court’s appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in this year’s Australia Day Honours List leaked on Friday before the official unveiling.

The 78-year-old Pentecostal minister has come under fire in recent years for her public disparaging of same-sex relationships and transgender people.

Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a medical practitioner with the LGBTIQ+ community and people with HIV.

A statement issued by Just Equal on Saturday identified her as one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia.

“I have spent a significant amount of my working life working with and advocating for disadvantaged communities in Australia,” Dr Soo said in the statement.

“I may also add that I have spent most of my adult life as a gay man before my gender transition to a woman in 2018.

“I therefore have both professional experience as well as lived experience of the communities that Mrs Margaret Court makes these derogatory and hurtful remarks about.”

Just Equal spokesperson Ivan Hinton-Teoh urged the Council of the Order of Australia to reconsider its decision.

He said there would be “many distinguished Australians” reconsidering their association with the awards system in light of the honour.

In an interview with AAP this week, Court – the winner of an unparalleled 24 grand slam singles titles – described the honour as a great privilege.

“All my life I’ve had those views and I was just saying what the Bible says,” she said.

“I should always be able to say my views biblically, being a pastor and helping people with marriages and family. And I’ll never change those views.

“I have nothing against people – I love the people. We have them come into our community services, all kinds – whether they’re gay, transgender, whatever they are.

“We never turn a person away and I think it’s been tried to be made out that I’m somebody that I’m not really. And I think that is very sad.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said compilation of the Honours List was an independent process.

Federal Labor has questioned why Court was given the top honour when she had already been recognised for her sporting prowess with an Order of Australia Medal.

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