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Arise Dame Quentin And Sir Peter: Abbott Reintroduces Knights And Dames For “Pre-Eminent Australians”

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has announced that Knights and Dames will be reintroduced for “pre-eminent” Australians.

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The outgoing Governor-General will become Dame Quentin Bryce, whilst the new Governor-General will be Sir Peter Cosgrove. [Read more…]


General Peter Cosgrove Appointed Governor-General

General Peter Cosgrove has been appointed Australia’s 26th Governor-General. He will replace Quentin Bryce, who retires in March.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the appointment at Parliament House, accompanied by General and Mrs. Lynne Cosgrove. Abbott said he could not think of a finer person for the job.

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Abbott paid tribute to outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce who has served in the position since 2008. He said Cosgrove was a “worthy” successor. [Read more…]


General Peter Cosgrove Reportedly Abbott’s Choice For Next Governor-General

Retired General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia’s next Governor-General, according to a report in today’s edition of The Australian.

CosgroveCosgrove has been rumoured to be the choice of Prime Minister Tony Abbott for some time. Whilst the newspaper says Abbott refused to comment on its report, the news comes as no real surprise.

The newspaper says the appointment will be announced at the end of January.

The current Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, has held the position since September 5, 2008 and will retire in March. Her 5-year appointment was extended by six months by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, due to the proximity of the federal election.

Cosgrove will be Australia’s 26th Governor-General since 1901. The last Governor-General with a military background was Bryce’s predecessor, Major-General Michael Jeffery. [Read more…]


Cosgrove Comments On Sea King Crash

The Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, has held a press conference on the Sea King crash.

A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sea King helicopter carrying 11 personnel crashed on April 2 as it was making its landing approach on the island of Nias, in Indonesia.

Six members of the RAN and three members of the Royal Australian Air Force died in the crash. [Read more…]


Baghdad Visit: As Goes Bush, So Goes Howard … Again

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has attended an Anzac Day Dawn Service in Baghdad, joining with about 90 Australian air traffic controllers, 90 Army personnel and 53 soldiers.

As President George W. Bush did on Thanksgiving Day last year, Howard’s trip to Iraq was executed in secret. [Read more…]


Myers And Cosgrove: Australian And U.S. Defence Chiefs Confer

The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, has met with with the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers.

The two generals later held a press conference. [Read more…]


Daily Defence Briefing: ‘It Looks Like A Short War,’ Says Hill

This the daily briefing on Operation Falconer, provided by the Defence Department.

The briefing was given by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill and the Chief of Defence, General Peter Cosgrove.

Hill said the Iraq war looked as though it would be a short war. [Read more…]


Daily Defence Briefing: Operation Baghdad Assist

This is the daily Defence briefing on Operation Falconer.

The briefing, by General Peter Cosgrove, covered Australian operations in the Middle East and Iraq.

Cosgrove announced a new Australian operation, to be called Operation Baghdad Assist. [Read more…]


Daily Defence Briefing: Robert Hill And Peter Cosgrove

This is the daily Defence briefing on Australian military operations in Iraq and the Middle East.

The briefing was given by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, and the Chief of Defence, General Peter Cosgrove.

It came on the 14th day of the war against Iraq. [Read more…]


General Peter Cosgrove’s Address To The National Press Club

The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, has conceded that “in retrospect” Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War of the 1960s “was not going to be successful”.

Cosgrove Addressing the National Press Club in Canberra, Cosgrove said: “It was simply not going to work, and therefore with 20/20 hindsight we probably shouldn’t have gone.”

Cosgrove did not acknowledge that the war was immoral in any way, claiming simply that “at the time I’m very clear that the majority of Australians thought we should be there, and it was only as a very widespread public reaction started to persuade the government of the day that it was, and the alternative government, that we shouldn’t be there, that the mood changed.”

Cosgrove ignored the strong body of opinion, including the then Labor Opposition, that had been opposed to the war at the time Australia’s commitment was announced by the Menzies Government. He said: “The men and women who were there of course performed magnificently, and I think, felt, a little abandoned by such a sharp swing in the public opinion which was never really about them, but was about the overall political reasons why we were there in the first place.” [Read more…]