Bennelong MP John Alexander proposes 'Matehoods' to placate critics

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John Alexander thinks Prince Philip would enjoy being address as 'Mate'.

John Alexander thinks Prince Philip would enjoy being address as 'Mate'. Photo: Alex Coppel

A Liberal MP has devised a bizarre alternative to Tony Abbott's knighthood system in a bid to placate opponents.

Former tennis great John Alexander, now the Member for Bennelong, is honouring his electorate's community heroes with matehoods.

And he thinks we could ditch 'Sirs' and 'Dames' for 'Mate' nationally.

"I'm not sure whether we couldn't modify our knighthoods ... so that commonly they should be referred to as 'Mates'," Mr Alexander told Neil Mitchell.

"I think Prince Philip would get a big kick out of that if, when he came to Australia, the official greeting was 'G'day Mate'; I think he'd be tickled because he's got this great and irreverent sense of humour."

Mr Alexander said he has raised the idea with Andrew Laming, one of the most outspoken internal critics of the knighthood system.

LISTEN: John Alexander tells Neil Mitchell about his plan

Caller Jed wasn't impressed with the idea.

"I think it's a load of codswallop," he told Neil Mitchell.

"Everyone in this country is 'mate'."

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