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David Hurley named as Australia’s next governor-general

General David Hurley. ABC pic

Australia’s next governor-general will be retired General David Hurley.

The current Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will retire when his five-year term ends in March next year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement from Parliament House in Canberra this morning.

Mr Hurley is a former senior Army officer and is the current Governor of New South Wales.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.

The ABC understands he was seen as a conservative and safe choice that would have bipartisan support …

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  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    December 19, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Given the place of and role in the governor-generalship in our federal politico-administrative arrangements, most of those appointed have been former judicial or military officers, or former state governors. (A few have been ex-politicians, most notably Bill Hayden who was able rise above his former political allegiance. An appointment of a retired archbishop, an obviously Sir Humphrey-style ‘courageous’ one, was ruined by later revelations of administrative lack of duty and another, seemingly routine, became the nation’s most controversial and divisive one.)

    This appointment follows the historical pattern.

    The notion that such an appointment is a sort of ‘Thank-you’ for being a nice guy in some field or other (such as sport, entertainment, the arts, business or social matters) is simplistic and ignorant, as is (in the saying of one of the more over-loquacious appointees) the fantasy that its role is “to represent the nation to itself” (whatever that means!). Just as nonsensical – and in addition dangerous – is that the GG becomes an alternative source of day-to-day political influence.

    Even sillier, and much more risky, is that each appointment comes from some sort of quasi-official roster of ID groups who ‘deserve’ a go at it because it’s their ‘turn’. Proponents of this nonsense should first pick their electricians or auto-mechanics like that, or their brain surgeons or divorce lawyers – and report back to the nation on how well that produced experts ‘fit for purpose’.

  2. Chris

    December 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    At least his wife is said to be versatile, can do hoopla and read the Bible at the same time!

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