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Australia has stripped Rolf Harris of honors after his conviction last year for child assault offences.

A brief statement said that Rolf Harris’ appointments as Officer and Member of the Order of Australia had been terminated by Governor General Peter Cosgrove.

Rolf Harris, 84, was jailed in July 2014 for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults against four girls.Rolf Harris stripped of Australian honors

The offences took place between 1968 and 1986.

Australia operates a separate honors system to that of the UK. Rolf Harris has also been awarded honors under the UK system.

Rolf Harris has appeared on TV screens as a children’s entertainer and songwriter.

Earlier this month Rolf Harris was again questioned by police regarding assault allegations.

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Jerry Lewis was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia, the highest award bestowed on a civilian by that country.

Jerry Lewis, 88, received a gold medal, a lapel pin and a high volume of praise from the Australian officials who made the trip to honor the comedian for his work in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (MDF).

Jerry Lewis was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia

Jerry Lewis was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia (photo Getty Images)

He has toured Australia and raised several millions of dollars for MDF. The Aussie charity is not formally linked to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), with whom Jerry Lewis raised more than $2 billion in a 45-year philanthropic partnership.

The Jerry Lewis-MDA relationship fractured after the 2010 MDA Labor Day Telethon at South Point, when, over a course of months, it became evident that Lewis was being cut loose from the annual telethon and organization. What’s left of what was long a 21 1/2-hour entertainment odyssey is this year’s MDA Show of Strength variety show, which aired for two hours on August 31, on ABC.

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