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McGregor removed from honour roll

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Greg Roberts

Former army officer and transgender figure Catherine McGregor has had her name stripped from the Australian of the Year honour roll at her own request.

Ms McGregor was a finalist last year as the Queensland Australian of the Year.

She has since become a fierce critic of the awards and her former boss, retired army chief David Morrison, the national recipient.

She wrote General Morrison's celebrated 2013 speech on respect and the treatment of women in the armed forces when she was his speechwriter.

However Ms McGregor, currently a cricket writer, criticised General Morrison's award, saying he was not genuinely committed to diversity and that the awards had been hijacked by activists.

She has cited this year's nomination of Sudanese former child soldier turned lawyer Deng Adut, saying he is being used to attack Liberal asylum-seeker policies.

Ms McGregor has also been involved in a spat with the gay community newspaper the Star Observer.

She tweeted the news on Wednesday, saying "Feeling satisfied that as 2016 closes my association with LGBTI and Australian of the Year farce is over."

"I should never have accepted the award in the first place. Glad that in future years there will be no record I was involved," she said in another tweet.

The National Australia Day Council released a statement saying it would not be rescinding the award but would remove her name from the honour roll.

"The Australian of the Year awards are all about recognising amazing Australian stories and we believe Catherine's is a story that deserved to be told and recognised," it said.

"We wish Catherine all the very best for the future."

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