Cosgrove tipped to be new Governor-General
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Former defence chief Peter Cosgrove is tipped to be named as Australia's new governor-general on Monday.
General Cosgrove has long been the frontrunner to succeed Quentin Bryce in the position, with speculation he would be appointed reported late last month. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to appointed General Gosgrove on Monday, the day after Australia Day, News Corp reported on Thursday
Responding to questions from Fairfax Media late last month, General Cosgrove would not comment on the speculation and he would not be drawn on questions regarding his ongoing roles as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University or on the board of Qantas.
Former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia's next governor-general, according to a report. Photo: Tony Walters
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's Office last month also batted away questions on the appointment saying: ''No decision has been made yet. An announcement will be made in due course as per the usual process.''
In April, in response to speculation he wanted to appoint former prime minister John Howard to the role, Mr Abbott said he believed former military leaders and former judges made the best vice-regal appointments.
James Brown, military fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, said General Cosgrove's ''excellent communication skills'', including his direct manner and ability to converse with people from all walks of life, stood him apart from other senior military figures.
Mr Brown said General Cosgrove was ''quite a unifying figure'' who was ''pretty controversy free''.
''I think military people make good governors-general because they are used to being apolitical, which is very important in this role,'' he said.
John Blaxland, a senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, who served under General Cosgrove in East Timor, said: ''I suspect he has been intellectually preparing himself for the role.''
General Cosgrove led the Australian contingency in the 1999 East Timor peacekeeping mission, subsequently commanding the army and serving as defence force chief from 2002 to 2005.
He was Australian of the Year in 2001.
Since leaving the military he has worked as a non-executive director of Qantas, a Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu consultant and been the chairman of the South Australian Defence Industry Development Board and peak aged services industry body Leading Age Services Australia.
A Townsville suburb was named after him in 2008 in recognition of his work leading the rebuilding taskforce after Cyclone Larry devastated northern Queensland.
Ms Bryce's term ends in March. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd appointed her governor-general in 2007. She was Australia's first female governor-general.