Skip to comments.Peter Cosgrove tipped to replace Quentin Bryce as Governor-General (of Australia)
Posted on 09/16/2013 2:01:39 PM PDT by naturalman1975
FORMER defence force chief Peter Cosgrove remains a favourite to be the next Governor-General.
The respected military leader is highly regarded by Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott.
If he was asked to fill the Vice-Regal position he would play a high-profile role in commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Anzac Day.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce's term was extended until March 2014 last year, giving the new government six months to choose a replacement.
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Governors General are, therefore, considered Australia's de facto Heads of State. The Prime Minister is the Head of Government. Most of what a Governor General does is ceremonial, but they do retain reserve powers that can be used in an emergency to resolve a constitutional crisis. The most significant occurrence of this in Australia's history came in 1975, when Governor General, Sir John Kerr, dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his government from office, after Whitlam attempted to continue governing without any legal way of financing his decisions.
Who a Prime Minister chooses to recommend to the Queen as Governor General generally reflects who they are. General Peter Cosgrove (maddeningly often referred to in the Australian press as Major-General Cosgrove (he was a a Major-General in command of Australia's troops in East Timor when he first came to public prominence, and a lot of reporters seem to have missed the fact that he was promoted twice after that through Lieutenant-General to General) would reflect a conservative choice as Governor General, in a way few others would. In the early days of our history, Governors General tended to be British nobility, but gradually since the 1930s, the normal practice has been to appoint Australians who have rendered long and distinguished service to the country in a role of importance where they had to demonstrate their understanding of Australia's constitutional government - often as senior Judges, or senior military figures. The current Governor General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, was appointed on the advice of Labor PM Kevin Rudd in 2008, and while she has served her role admirably and with grace and dignity, her route to the position was different from these traditions - she was a women's rights activist - so the appointment of Peter Cosgrove would also represent a return to a more traditional approach. I want to be very clear - I am not, in any way, shape, or form, criticising Ms Bryce. I genuinely believe, as a conservative who probably disagrees with her on most political issues, that she has carried out her office with utter decorum and dedication, and adherence to the constitutional values she is supposed to uphold. But I would like to see a return to a more traditional selection approach.
What is the AC designation of the current G G ?
Companion of the Order of Australia is the highest level (there used to be Knight of the Order of Australia - AK as well, but that is now dormant), and so represents the highest civil honour, Australia gives its citizens.
Peter Cosgrove, by the way, is an AC as well - for his services to the Australian Defence Forces.
(Full disclosure - I am an AM - Member of the Order of Australia - myself, something I am immensely proud of, whether I deserved it or not. AM is the lowest level of the Order, while AC is the highest now - AO (Officer of the Order) comes in between, and there is also an OAM - Medal of the Order below the AM, which is not technically part of the Order itself.
From left to right:
Badges for the AC, AO, AM, and then the OAM.
Thank you for the explanation! I really appreciate it.
Don't leave us guessing, naturalman. What did you get the Order for?
Doing my job.
Exceptional service in the Navy, basically - there’s more or less a quota for the Australian Defence Force each year. It’s not so much a matter that I didn’t deserve it (I hope I did) - but dozens of people who deserved it at least as much as I did, didn’t get it.
Thanks for the reply. Somehow I think that you were doing more than just your job.
Anyway, the reason I asked was that I know the Order of Australia is awarded for many reasons, both civilian and military. And I was curious where you fell in that spectrum.