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General Peter Cosgrove name Australia's 26th govenor-general

General Peter Cosgrove named Australia's 26th govenor-general

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) with General Peter Cosgrove

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved Prime Minister Tony Abbott's recommendation to appoint General Peter Cosgrove AC MC as Australia’s next Governor-General.

He will be Australia’s 26th Governor-General.

General Cosgrove is a remarkable Australian who served with distinction until his retirement as the Chief of the Defence Force in 2005.

A former Australian of the Year, General Cosgrove has dedicated his life to serving and supporting the Australian community.

His army service included postings in Malaysia, Vietnam, the UK, India and the USA. In 1999, he commanded the international force that secured peace and oversaw East Timor’s transition to independence.

Read the full press release, including a brief biography on General Cosgrove, at the Prime Minister's website: