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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

There is nothing quite like the prospect of joining the ranks of the unemployed to galvanise a body into action. [Read more…]

Rudd Government Ratifies Kyoto Protocol: First Official Decision

In its first official act, hours after being sworn into office, the Rudd Labor Government has ratified the Kyoto Protocol.

This significant practical and symbolic decision draws another line under the Howard era.

This is the text of a media statement from the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of AustraliaToday I have signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. This is the first official act of the new Australian Government, demonstrating my Government’s commitment to tackling climate change.

Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol was considered and approved by the first Executive Council meeting of the Government this morning. The Governor-General has granted his approval for Australia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol at my request. [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…]

Official Biography Of Major-General Michael Jeffery

Major-General Michael Jeffery, the former Governor of Western Australia, is to be Australia’s 24th Governor-General, replacing Peter Hollingworth.

Major-General Jeffery will be sworn into the position in the Senate chamber on August 11. The Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Green, will continue to act as Administrator of the Commonwealth until that time.


Jeffery will be the first Australian-born Governor-General with a background as a full-time military officer. Sir William Slim was the last Governor-General from the ranks of the military. [Read more…]

John Howard’s Press Conference Announcing Major-General Michael Jeffery As Next Governor-General

The Prime Minister, John Howard, called a press conference today to announce that he has appointed Major-General Michael Jeffery as Australia’s new Governor-General.

Jeffery is a former Governor-General of Western Australia.

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Howard Announces Appointment of Major-General Michael Jeffery As New Governor-General

The former Governor of Western Australia, Major-General Michael Jeffery, is to be Australia’s next Governor-General.

The announcement was made today by the Prime Minister, John Howard.

Jeffery will be Australia’s 24th Governor-General. He will take up the position on August 11.

Text of the media statement released by the Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing the appointment of Australia’s 24th Governor-General.


JefferyI am pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted my recommendation to appoint Major-General Michael Jeffery, AC,CVO,MC as Australia’s next Governor-General.

While the appointment, when formally made, will be at royal pleasure, it is expected that General Jeffery will serve between three and four years.

General Jeffery has a long and distinguished record of public service. He was Governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000, during which period he twice served as Administrator of the Commonwealth. General Jeffery is currently Chairman of the not-for-profit public policy think-tank, Future Directions International. [Read more…]

Howard’s Flimsy Reasons For Attending Queen Mother’s Funeral

In order to avoid further criticism of the Governor-General, John Howard has manufactured an argument to justify his trip to London for the Queen Mother’s funeral next Tuesday.

In an interview with Stan Zemanek on Melbourne’s 3AW, Howard claimed that it was appropriate for him to attend the funeral “given the role of the Queen Mother and particularly the identification with her of many Australians of World War II generation.” [Read more…]