Governor-General Attacked And Defended

The Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, has been attacked by a newspaper columnist, prompting a rare public defence from Government House.

The Governor-General’s Official Secretary, Malcolm Hazell, has written to the Brisbane Courier-Mail defending his boss against the charge of having “risen without trace”. Hazell has outlined the range of activities the Governor-General has been involved in, including 850 speeches and 750 official functions since his appointment in 2003.

This is the text of the article by Mike O’Connor in the Brisbane Courier-Mail on February 3, 2008.

Governor-General stirs into action over cricket issue

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Rudd Rules Out Beazley As Governor-General

Kim Beazley will not be appointed Governor-General, according to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd Sworn In As Australia’s 26th Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia

10.00am – Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, in a ceremony at Government House, in Canberra. [Read more…]


Governor-General Michael Jeffery’s ANZAC Day Address

There is a need for people to “get back to the fundamental philosophy of what a worthwhile life is all about”, according to the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.

Delivering the ANZAC Day Address at the War Memorial in Canberra, Jeffery said “a spirit of service before self” epitomises what “our ex-servicement and women intrinsically believed in and fought for”.

Jeffery also said the security of the nation is the “primary responsibility” and warned against running down the defence forces. [Read more…]


Governor-General Visits Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan And Persian Gulf

The Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, has spent the Christmas period visiting Australian troops in the Middle East.

He joined troops of the Al Muthanna Task Group for Christmas lunch in southern Iraq, as well as visiting the Special Forces Task Group in Afghanistan, the AP-3 Orion crews, and HMAS Parramatta in the northern Persian Gulf.

The Australian forces are part of Operation Catalyst, described by the Department of Defence as “Australia’s contribution to the safety, reconstruction and rebuilding of Iraq”. [Read more…]


Governor-General Comments On The Death Of Pope John Paul II

The Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, has paid tribute to Pope John Paul II, who died on April 2.

John Paul II was elected Pope on October 16, 1978. At his death, he was the second-longest serving Pope in modern history, serving for 26 years, five months and seventeen days. [Read more…]


Governor-General Michael Jeffery’s Australia Day Address

The Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, has delivered his 2005 Australia Day Address.

Jeffery has been Governor-General since August 2003, following the resignation of Dr. Peter Hollingworth. He was previously Governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000. [Read more…]