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Governor-General Peter Hollingworth’s Farewell Address

This is the text of the televised address to the nation by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

The Governor-General’s resignation takes effect at midnight tonight.

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Farewell Address by Governor-General Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

Peter HollingworthMy decision to resign as Governor-General was taken after long and soul searching consideration which finally came to an end last week. I weighed up the obligations of the Governor-General, sworn in the solemn oath of office “I do swear that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law and that I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Commonwealth of Australia without fear or favour, affection or ill will, so help me God.” Could I fulfill that oath? [Read more…]


Australia’s 23rd Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has announced his resignation.

Hollingworth said the “misplaced and unwarranted allegations” made against him threatened to “undermine and diminish my capacity to uphold the importance, dignity and integrity” of the office of Governor-General.

Text of resignation statement released by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth. [Read more…]

Democrats Renew Call For Royal Commission On Child Abuse

The Australian Democrats have renewed their call for the establishment of a Royal Commission on Child Abuse..

The party’s leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett, said the withdrawal of the rape case against the Governor-General is not the end of the matter. [Read more…]

Greens Condemn Howard Over Hollingworth

The Australian Greens have condemned Prime Minister, John Howard, for his inaction over Governor-General Peter Hollingworth.

The Greens say Howard has allowed the office of Governor-General to be damaged. [Read more…]

Hollingworth Rape Case Withdrawn: Governor-General “Giving Proper Consideration To My Long-Term Future”

The Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, has released a video statement following the withdrawal of civil rape allegations in the Victorian Supreme Court today.

In the statement, he reiterates his innocence of the rape allegation, describing it as “absolutely untrue”. The Governor-General did not say he was resigning, but said that he now had the time to “give proper consideration” to his “long-term future and tenure”.

The statement, recorded in a Canberra studio this afternoon, has been released to the media as separate “grabs” suitable for use on television and radio.

Questioned in Brisbane this morning, the Prime Minister, John Howard, said: “Well, I’ve just been informed of the court decision in Victoria. I understand that the Governor-General himself will shortly issue or make a statement and in those circumstances I don’t have anything further to say at this time.. I don’t have anything to add to what I’ve just said. The Governor-General will make a statement and I don’t have anything to add at this time.” [Read more…]

Step Out Not Down: Bob Brown

The leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, says the Governor-General should have resigned, rather than stand aside.

Brown said the Prime Minister, John Howard, has decided to “buoy-up” Hollingworth, in contrast to his treatment of Justice Michael Kirby last year. [Read more…]

Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Stands Aside

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has stood aside, pending the resolution of issues arising from rape allegations.

The decision for Hollingworth to stand aside by was announced by Prime Minister John Howard at a press conference in Sydney.

Text of statement issued by the Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, in Sydney tonight.

The Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard and I met today at Admiralty House.

I advised the Prime Minister that I was happy to stand aside from the position of Governor-General and we both agreed that I should do so until the issues relating to me raised by the case brought by the late ‘Annie’ Jarmyn are resolved. [Read more…]

Crean Reiterates Call For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has reiterated his call for the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, to resign.

Crean’s call came after the Governor-General denied an allegation of rape, following the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Text of media statement from the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

Regardless of the outcome of the case revealed today by the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria, it is clear that a profound human tragedy has occurred. [Read more…]

Hollingworth Denies Rape Allegation

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has denied raping a woman in the 1960s.

Hollingworth released a public statement this afternoon. The statement was also released on video. [Read more…]

No Grounds For Terminating Governor-General: Howard

Prime Minister John Howard has held a press conference at the Pierre Hotel, New York.

The conference followed Howard’s visit to President Bush’s ranch in Texas, en route to the United Kingdom and Doha.

Howard was questioned about the position of the Governor-General.

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s New York press conference. [Read more…]