General Cosgrove told reporters at Parliament House yesterday that “My approach to this job will be of course as I’ve approached all those times when I’ve been asked to serve Australia,”
“It will get my total commitment, all the energy I’ve got, good humour, and with an unfailing optimism that this is a great nation which will only get better.”
Mr Abbott has paid tribute to General Cosgrove’s long military service, saying he cannot think of a better person to take on the role of governor-general. General Cosgrove during the Howard Government led peacekeeping forces in East Timor and received the Military Cross for bravery in Vietnam.
General Cosgrove will commence his five-year term in March when Ms Quentin Bryce stands down.
General Cosgrove has said he will be avoiding entering political debate unlike his predecessor, Ms Bryce, who has spoken out in favour of gay marriage and an Australian republic.
General Cosgrove said, “You are no longer a private citizen in the office of governor-general,”
“I think your responsibility is to shine light but not generate heat.”
“I think you’ve got to listen a lot, and take in everything you see.”
“But you’re not a participant in the political process.”
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Congratulations to General Cosgrove on the appointment as the next governor-general.
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