Skip to comments.Cosgrove expected to be named G(overnor) G(eneral) on Monday (conservatism marches on in Australia)
Posted on 01/22/2014 2:17:35 PM PST by naturalman1975
FORMER defence chief Peter Cosgrove is tipped to be named as Australia's new governor-general on Monday.
Major General Cosgrove has long been the frontrunner to succeed Quentin Bryce in the position.
News Corp Australia says Prime Minister Tony Abbott will appoint Maj Gen Cosgrove on Monday, the day after Australia Day.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Our current Governor General, Quentin Bryce, was appointed on the advice of the previous Labor government as a 'first female' came from a background of women's rights advocacy. Though I will stress, she has brought dignity and honour to her office - she has acted appropriately at all times and deserves nothing but praise and respect for the way she has carried out Australia's highest constitutional officer and duty - she was an atypical, almost radical choice by a government more concerned with 'progressive' symbolism than good government.
Traditionally, holders of Vice-Regal office (at least since they started being Australian born, rather than appointed British nobility) have been people who have previously served the nation in a position of high responsibility and service - most commonly the judiciary or the military. The appointment of General Peter Cosgrove AC MC to the role will represent a return to these traditional values.
Having said that, this article is sloppy in the extreme. First of all, the Prime Minister will not appoint General Cosgrove. He will, in fact, be appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, in her right as Queen of Australia - The Prime Minister advises her as to who he wishes her to appoint, and it would be very unusual for her to refuse his advice, but constitutionally the distinction is important.
More significantly, the writer of this piece makes the mistake of referring to 'Major General Cosgrove'. This is actually one of my pet hates. General Cosgrove was a Major General when he first came to public prominence in Australia, back in 1999, when he was placed in command of our military intervention in East Timor. But he was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2000 when he became Chief of the Army, and then to General in 2002 when he became Chief of the Defence Force. Yet, large numbers of journalists still refer to him as a Major General. It really shows how ignorant many journalists are of military matters, when they can't even get the most basic facts right.
He is, by the way, a decorated war hero - he received the Military Cross in 1971, for his service as a platoon commander during an assault on enemy positions in Vietnam.
Good onya OZ.