Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he "does not support" the recognition of tennis figure Margaret Court in Australia Day awards.
Ms Court is to be made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), The Age has reported.
Mr Andrews, at a press conference ahead of National Cabinet meeting, was asked about the recognition.
"I'm being honest with you, I do not support that. I don't believe that she has views that accord with the vast majority of people across our nation, that see, people particularly from the LGBTIQ community, as equal and deserving of dignity, respect and safety," he said.
"I don't believe she should be honoured because of that.
"I'm quite sick of talking about that person every summer. We finish up having this discussion, in one form or another, every single summer.
"I would prefer not to be giving oxygen to some of these views, but you've asked me a question and I've answered it honestly."
Mr Andrews said those who "give out those gongs" should be asked why it is appropriate.
"You [should] want to speak to them about why they think those views, which are disgraceful, hurtful and cost lives, should be honoured," he said.
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"I think calling out bigotry is always important.
"We've just had a debate in the Parliament of Victoria to outlaw the bigoted quackery that cost lives.
"My position on this has been consistent, and I don't seek to quarrel with people, but I've been asked a question and I've answered it.
"Do we really have to do this every summer?"
Mr Andrews said it was for others to decide whether Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park should be renamed.
Albury tennis coach Phil Shanahan, Court's nephew, said in a statement to The Border Mail:
"My aunt is the most incredible person I have ever met with a giant loving heart.
"Her tennis achievements speak for themselves and they will never be broken - 64 Grand Slam Titles.
"It is her post tennis career where some of her greatest achievements have been made. Her community work speaks for itself.
"Her ministries include:
"Margaret Court is selfless and an amazing woman.
"Margaret Court makes a difference in our world.
"Daniel Andrews definitely has a right to his opinion, but so does Margaret."
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