Australia strips Rolf Harris of honours

Rolf Harris has been stripped of his Australian honours after his conviction last year for child sex offences.A brief statement said that the disgraced entertainer’s appointments as Officer and Member of the Order of Australia had been terminated by Governor General Peter Cosgrove. Harris, 84, was jailed in July 2014 for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults against four girls.The offences took place between 1968 and 1986.  Australia operates a separate honours system to that of the UK. Harris has also been awarded honours under the UK system. He has appeared on TV screens as a children’s entertainer and songwriter.  He is also an artist and painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her 80th birthday in 2006.Earlier this month he was again questioned by police regarding sex offence allegations.