General Peter Cosgrove Appointed as Australia’s next Governor-General

2014-01-28 04:50:38 | Al Muslim News
General Peter Cosgrove Appointed as Australia’s next Governor-General


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved recommendation to appoint General Peter Cosgrove AC MC as Australia’s next Governor-General. He will be 26th Governor-General of Australia. General Cosgrove is a remarkable Australian who served with distinction until his retirement as the Chief of the Defence Force in 2005. A former Australian of the Year, General Cosgrove has dedicated his life to serving and supporting the Australian community. His army service included postings in Malaysia, Vietnam, the UK, India and the USA. In 1999, he commanded the international force that secured peace and oversaw East Timor’s transition to independence. His compassion and commitment to service was displayed during his time as chairman of the recovery taskforce that helped rebuild shattered communities following Cyclone Larry in Far North Queensland. The Governor-General has important constitutional responsibilities, is looked to by community groups and their members throughout the length and breadth of our country for support and encouragement, and – in Sir Zelman Cowen’s words – can help to interpret our nation to itself. General Peter Cosgrove will take up his appointment in March. General Cosgrove held positions on several boards including the boards of Qantas and Cardno which he has relinquished upon accepting the offer to become Governor-General..

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