General Peter Cosgrove AC MC will be appointed the next Governor-General of Australia following the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, made the recommendation in light of General Cosgrove’s work as Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Abbott commented on the transition:
“I can’t think of a finer Australian or a more suitable one to serve as Governor-General and, in this great office, make a contribution to the leadership of our country.
“I thank the Governor-General for the contribution she has made since her appointment in 2008 and wish her and Mr Bryce well for the future.
“Ms Bryce has discharged her duties as Governor-General with distinction and grace.
“Along with previous incumbents, she will remain a highly regarded national figure.”
General Peter Cosgrove served in the army in Malaysia, Vietnam, the UK, India and the USA. In 1999, he was appointed as Commander of the International Forces East Timor (Interfet) which oversaw East Timor’s transition to independence.
In 2000 he was appointed Chief of the Army. In 2002 he was appointed Chief of the Defence Force, an appointment he held until his retirement in 2005. General Cosgrove was appointed Chairman of Operation Recovery Task Force after Cyclone Larry devastated Far North Queensland and he led the successful recovery until completion in early 2007.
In recognition of his service, General Cosgrove was named Australian of the Year in 2001.
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.