FORMER Defence Force Chief Peter Cosgrove has been announced as Australia’s next governor-general.
General Cosgrove has long been the frontrunner to succeed Quentin Bryce, whose term ends in March.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement in the Prime Ministerial Courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra this afternoon.
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Mr Abbott paid tribute to General Cosgrove’s military background and said he would discharge his new responsibilities with “vigour and integrity”.
The prime minister also paid tribute to Ms Bryce, who he said had discharged her duties with grace and distinction.
General Cosgrove will be Australia’s 26th governor-general.
What you need to know about General Peter Cosgrove:
- He served as chief of the Defence Force from 2002 until his retirement from active service in 2005.
- He came to prominence in 1999, when he commanded international forces in East Timor, overseeing the country’s transition to independence.
- He is a father of three
- He was named Australian of the Year in 2001