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Sorry your worship, it’s a right royal mess

Do your titles get a trifle muddled? When talking to government these things matter.

The world of prefixed titles or the rank and status of political leaders can seem to be a completely foreign language. But getting it wrong in correspondence can mark you out as a political novice and you can’t always trust websites to get it right.  Think you’ve got the conventions down? Try our quiz to find out.

John Jones is married and a doctor. What’s the correct way to display his name?
Mr John Jones DR
Dr John Jones
Mr Jones

Correct!

Wrong!

Frank Smith is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia. What’s the correct way to display his name?
Mr Frank Smith MLC
The Hon. Frank Smith MLC
Mr Frank Smith MLA

Correct!

Wrong!

Louise Cornwall was just made a Member of the Order of Australia. What’s the correct way to display her name?
Ms Louise Cornwall AM
Ms Louise Cornwall OAM
Mrs Louise Cornwall AM

Correct!

Wrong!

Louise Cornwall is really doing well and has now been made an Officer of the Order of Australia. Go Louise! What’s the correct way to now display her name?
Ms Louise Cornwall OOA
Ms Louise Cornwall AO, AM
Ms Louise Cornwall AO

Correct!

Wrong!

What is the correct way to formally address the Mayor of Fremantle?
Her/His Worship the Mayor
Your Mayorness
The Right Hon. Lord Mayor

Correct!

Wrong!

What is the correct way to address the Governor of Western Australia?
Your Worship
Your Excellency
Your Fly is Undone

Correct!

Wrong!

Which of the following office holders (in Western Australia) are entitled to be referred to as The Honourable?
The Premier of Western Australia
Minister
Member of the Legislative Assembly (that aren’t Ministers)
Member of the Legislative Council (that aren’t Ministers)
Former Member of the Legislative Council (8 years service
Magistrate
Supreme Court Judge

Correct!

Wrong!

What’s the correct way to shorten The Honourable?
Hon
Hon.

Correct!

Wrong!

Lee Chin is a Justice of the Peace, holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and is a Member of the Order of the British Empire. What is the correct way to display her name?
Dame Lee Chin JP, BA (Hons), MBE
Ms Lee Chin MBE, JP, BA (Hons)
Ms Lee Chin MBE, BA (Hons), JP

Correct!

Wrong!

Now let’s put it all together. Raj Stevens is a Chartered Accountant, former WA Minister (2 years in the role), holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, and has been awarded the title Knight Bachelor. Apart from being a blast at parties, what is the correct way to display his name?
Hon. Raj Stevens, KB, CA, Phd
Dr Raj Stevens, KB, CA, Phd
Sir Raj Stevens, CA, Phd, KB
Sir Raj Stevens, CA, Phd

Correct!

Wrong!

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