THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
AUSTRALIAS NEXT GOVERNOR-GENERAL GENERAL PETER COSGROVE AC MC
TUESDAY, 28 JANUARY 2013
The Federal Opposition today congratulates General Peter Cosgrove AC MC on his appointment as Australias 26th Governor-General.
Labor welcomes the selection of such a capable, eminent and respected Australian to this high office.
General Cosgrove reflects the best of Australia and its people. He has dedicated his entire adult life to serving his country, inspiring others with his determination, strength and leadership.
As Commander of the international peacekeeping forces in East Timor, General Cosgrove helped bring independence to a new nation and stability to our region in difficult times.
As a former Chief of the Army and Chief of the Defence Force, General Cosgrove represented the most remarkable qualities of our service personnel at home and abroad.
He continued his unwavering commitment to public service in leading the recovery effort in Far North Queensland following the devastation of Cyclone Larry in 2006.
General Cosgrove was also recognised as a role model for others when he was named our Australian of the Year in 2001.
We wish General Cosgrove the very best as he undertakes this new role on behalf of the Australian people.
Federal Labor also recognises and thanks Governor-General Her Excellency the Hon Quentin Bryce AC CVO for her tremendous contribution and service since her appointment as Governor-General in 2008.
Ms Bryce is Australias first female Governor-General and has brought a renewed sense of respect and appreciation to Australias highest office, in particular, serving as a role model and mentor to Australian women.
Ms Bryce has served Australia with honour and represented our country with grace.
We will miss her sincerity, and her warmth.
All Australians are grateful for Ms Bryces service.