It is with deep regret and after much thought that I have today advised the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the office of Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
I have asked him to put the necessary arrangements in place to advise Her Majesty the Queen.
Despite the misplaced and unwarranted allegations made against me as governor-general, it is clear that continuing public controversy has the potential to undermine and diminish my capacity to uphold the importance, dignity and integrity of this high office that I have been privileged and proud to occupy.
I cannot allow that to occur.
I have asked the prime minister to call on me tomorrow so that we might discuss transitional arrangements.
I propose to make a more detailed statement to the Australian people later this week.