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Who voted for this GG? Why is this bloke representing a pommy queen in Australia in the 21st century?Viva la Revolution!
Who voted for this GG? Why is this bloke representing a pommy queen in Australia in the 21st century?
Viva la Revolution!
He or she is appointed by the Prime Minister in accordance with the Constitution. If its constitutional change you are after, your revolution might be difficult gain traction. The alternative is to make your way to the nearest international airport and deport yourself to a republic of your chosing.
There’s a streak of nastiness and ignorance in many of these comments.It’s worth noting this ceremony is no different to previous swearing in ceremonies of Governors General, and the only new addition to the GG’s title is ‘Sir’ and the post nominal AK, instead of AC.The rest of the pomp and ceremony is a uniquely Australian hybrid- not unlike our Parliamentary system, our courts, our military and our public service. Uniquely Australia, but a product of our heritage- it is what it is, get over it.Knighthoods are not inherited- this is not a peerage, in fact for most of Australia’s modern history preeminent men and women have been awarded either imperial knighthoods or knighthoods in the Order of Australia.New Zealand has reinstated knighthoods- and while it is a British influenced title it is clear it is very New Zealand.
@trickster here here!
So now the fool Hockey has the states treasurers selling of assets to build roads!!! When will this stupidity end???
From now on he is just plain old Cosgrove to me.
So let me get this straight - he's now a Governor General General or General Governor General? Or is it Sir General Governor General? Or maybe General Governor General Sir?
straight out of Gilbert and Sullivan
And THANK YOU Judith Ireland, Alex Elinghausen and Andrew Meares. It's been great. Keep up the good work on reporting the Court Circular and Vice-Regal Notices and News.
Not surprised to see Bishop opposing the UN resolution to conduct a war crimes inquiry into Sri Lanka, gotta protect the decision to give them two free boats to continue the tyranny. The degradation of Australian International standards continue.
6 weeks offLol why?
6 weeks off
After the last 2 weeks Abbott has to go away and come up with some more slogans and excuses.
Its to give the Australian Wet Lettuce Party more time to dream up ways to accuse the speaker of being biased.
I notice, from the photo, that Tony has taken up tap-dancing. If you can't govern, entertain!
He appears to have a very short future in his present position.
Just having a day off from The Limbo.
Today Tony looks as comfortable as an NRL front rower in a suit on Coleman Medal night.Feeling a bit of pressure?
Today Tony looks as comfortable as an NRL front rower in a suit on Coleman Medal night.
Feeling a bit of pressure?
Well he has spent a lot of time sitting beside BB, it would be enough to make the most hardy look uncomfortable.
Sounds like misogyny to me, get Real. You're not wearing a blue tie by any chance?
Hockey at the moment is trying to sell the states the idea that they sell off everything and put the money into ROADS. Will somebody get it into his head that the infrastructure we need is (1) rail and (2) fibre to the node.
Fibre To The Premesis
Ever notice the giant tonka size LinFox truck on the PMs office bookshelf. There lies your answer EM.
Gee the lefty trolls are out today. Is it a Union picnic day? BTW, you must be very unhappy about Williamson's miscarriage of justice. Viva la revolution eh?
What a complete nonsensical waste of time, reminds me of Abbott's past 6 months of governance.
Err, Lord Lucan. Lord Archer, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Lord Hanningfield (Paul White), Baron Taylor of Warwick (John Taylor), Baroness Uddin (Manzila Pola Uddin), and Lord Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed?Just a small sample of Lordly ethics for you.
Err, Lord Lucan. Lord Archer, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Lord Hanningfield (Paul White), Baron Taylor of Warwick (John Taylor), Baroness Uddin (Manzila Pola Uddin), and Lord Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed?
Just a small sample of Lordly ethics for you.
A great day for Australia particularly given the bully boy tactics of the ALP yesterday. Good to see a new GG who will work for and with all Australians, at last. A new positive era begins.
"Bully boy tactics", I see the sooks are still smarting from yesterdays call out of their overtly bias speaker. Chin old boy it is only 2.5 more years of embarrassment before we have a real government back.
Has anyone seen Lord Archer?
Is that Lord Lucan at the back?
I noticed an elderly white balding man with a moustache.Last I heard he was reported to be in Africa, perhaps he's over to help George legislate the forthcoming apartheid laws.
So, 'Are we there yet'?
Shorten - "a great gift"? What a suck!As far as I am concerned," the entire Cosgrove family" can take back their Peter and Lynne because Australia needs to become a republic. The sooner the better!Shorten, your days are numbered as leader of the opposition. You will never become Australia's PM.
Shorten - "a great gift"? What a suck!
As far as I am concerned," the entire Cosgrove family" can take back their Peter and Lynne because Australia needs to become a republic. The sooner the better!
Shorten, your days are numbered as leader of the opposition. You will never become Australia's PM.
Come on down Jason Clare.
When compared to Abbott anybody could and would do at better job.
Sharron...Can you please explain why 'Australia needs to become a republic. The sooner the better'.Can you outline to us how this will make this nation any better....What will be the one significant difference we will see if it was to happen?Who will replace the GG as head of state and how could he/she provide all of us with something better than what we already have?Australia is a nation which was born under the guidance of Britain. Our culture (forget multi-cultures)...Australia's culture, is that of Britain and I for one am proud of that......Please tell us where you would prefer to see us lean......Islam perhaps?Republicans such as yourself will always crow that we need to be a republic, yet you can not offer us one true benefit that we will see from it......Long live the Queen!!
jack - seriously - when QEII shuffles off the mortal coil we get a boy only his mother could love - Chas III ("the Underemployed") - although I think our PM would be impressed and comforted by his auricular magnicence
Jack you'll love the book I've just received."The Further Adventures of The Queen Mum" by Harry Hill, it's a ripper.Coffee table quality.
Where's Marg she's missing all the pomp.
That awkward moment when every dignitary recognises the traditional owners, except the prime minister for Aboriginal Affairs. What a joke. I loved watching him squirm. "I ahhh knew I aggghh forgot to um add something". He was more than liberal with the anachronistic British titles though.
Yeh I noticed that too appalling.
Ironic, isn't it?
Apparently he is also the Minster for Women!
apparently he also triples as the Prime Minister!! Can't see him carrying that off
My question would be why is it necessary for EVERY dignitary to acknowledge the traditional owners. I have always been of the opinion that once the traditional owners have been acknowledged it should not be said bey every single person that speaks.
If we love recognising the Aboriginals then let's be sincere and share their flag - then we can genuinely move toward a republic and throw off the imperial shackles.
@Gary I suppose my question is why the Prime Minister didnt acknowledge the lady who welcomed him to country. He's bestowed himself with the title of the PM for Aboriginal Affairs. I think he will forever be remembered as the PM for self congratulatory honorific titles. A joke.
Lost me at "so help me God". When do we put an end to the imaginary friend stuff?
May I refer you to: "Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods" (Jn. 10:34-6). Yep, men?
May I refer you to:
"Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods" (Jn. 10:34-6).
In a free country you can believe what you like but you cannot force others to have your beliefs. I respect your belief in 'No God'. Can you respect the belief of others?
Good luck with the Jesuits in power, both sides of the duopoly.
What a load of Upper class citizenary rubbish, another massive cost on the Australian people for a pomp and circumstance good for nothing but ego's position.Will Sir Cosgrove for go his pension while his snout is in the GG trough.
CwittyActually, NO! Fifty years of study in the subject dictates my answer.
Actually, NO! Fifty years of study in the subject dictates my answer.
These are supposed to be journalists reporting here. Simple mistakes that should be caught and corrected"They are signing the National Anthem, accompanied by a big and brassy band"
These are supposed to be journalists reporting here. Simple mistakes that should be caught and corrected
"They are signing the National Anthem, accompanied by a big and brassy band"
Settle petal.Next stately occasion it will be God Save The Queen sung by the Tabernacle Choir (in tongues).
What do you expect from the literature equivalent of seagulls?
Wow allot of petty unnecessary comments on here today. Says more about the writers than the occasion. One day we will be a republic until then this is what it is.
The Pulse @ 11:30am."... vocation to public laugh"? Is that a deliberate slip, Judith? If it is, I like it!
The Pulse @ 11:30am.
"... vocation to public laugh"? Is that a deliberate slip, Judith? If it is, I like it!
Cos holds a letter of appointment from the UK Queen in one hand and the bible that next to no one understands in the other hand. In other words we are clueless.
Most Australian's support the idea of Knighthoods and Dames as reported in polls last week. Most Australian's voted for Tony Abbott to govern. But this doesn't stop the left from preaching from their self appointed pulpit about how we all should behave and how the duly elected PM should act. The left are too often the enemy of the majority and disrespect the majority. Let the left remain 'the natural party of protest' for a long time to come, and let the rest of us (i.e. the majority) move on in the real world.
Huh??!? Was there a poll on Knights & Dames last week??
Most Australian's support the idea of Knighthoods and Dames as reported in polls last week.Which polls were those, because I completely missed them. The best I could see was that the largest number of Australians were actually wondering why this was happening at all when they had more pressing priorities.
Most Australian's support the idea of Knighthoods and Dames as reported in polls last week.
Which polls were those, because I completely missed them. The best I could see was that the largest number of Australians were actually wondering why this was happening at all when they had more pressing priorities.
And which poll was that? An internal poll of the Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy?
What poll? The Monarchists' Magazine? And the announcement only happened this week?! In any case, I refuse to believe Australians are THAT silly (yeah, I realise many voted for Abbott but surely they have some self-respect).
you can't even manage proper use of the apostrophe. Please.
Do you realise the bias in your statements ensure that they are seen as nothing other than subjective? For example, since Tuesday, I didn't get the impression that the majority of people agreed with Knights/Dames - quite the opposite (if you look at how frequently it was ridiculed across different media platforms). And yes, personally, I don't agree with it.
What are you smoking !? Which "majority" is in favour of Knights & Dames and which survey are you talking about, your own at the local RSL ?
Nor, apparently, does it stop the 'right' (love the 1950s Cold War terminology) from preaching from their own self appointed pulpit. With the Majority, I'm expecting that when inevitably at some point you have to change your name to With the Minority, you won't give everybody your views on how we should behave and how the duly elected Labor PM should act. By the way, what is a self-appointed pulpit?
Nor, apparently, does it stop the 'right' (love the 1950s Cold War terminology) from preaching from their own self appointed pulpit. With the Majority, I'm expecting that when inevitably at some point you have to change your name to With the Minority, you won't give everybody your views on how we should behave and how the duly elected Labor PM should act.
By the way, what is a self-appointed pulpit?
Did Flint hold one around the dining room table?
Could it be Alan Jones did a radio poll? Maybe it was Prof Flint doing a "water cooler" pole or maybe this is a big fat fib.
What a shame, Sarah Ferguson wasn't there?
We have Sarah of Carnegie standing in!
Thanks WW. My invitation must have been lost in the post.
11.36am. Do we have any published examples of Cosgroves 'sense of humour' in Fairfax? I'd be interested is seeing any 'quirkiness' that makes him as human as us (non-titled masses).
If only Diana could have been there?
There in spirit
King Abbott forgot to knight him with his sword darn it I new I forgot something this morning arise Sir Sheriff.
It's a happy bipartisan day where we swear in a new representative to the head of state. I do not understand all the negative comments today. Lighten up Sooks it's Friday. :)
For me, the light won't shine until we step towards my nature-loving, progressive vision for our country, rather than another (and yet another etc) step away.
Negative? Perhaps you're just a half-glass-empty sort of person?
"lighten up sooks" Will you lighten up on the LNP bashing, we know they are learning to govern but give the amateurs a break! Soon Pyne will grow up and start using adult words.
Does Cosgrove's religious affiliations have anything to do with his appointment?
There's an old saying "You can't buy style"Could Peta please teach the PM how to sit with decorum when attending stately occasions (more obvious in the live broadcast than the pics).If Madame Speaker assumed a similar posture all hell would break loose, and rightly so. Dignity costs nothing.
Yeah, the commies would claim bias
Llama you obviously did not 'get' the posture I am referring to. it's not the first time I've noticed his undignified "look". if a woman, any woman sat as such- there would be national outrage. i'm no way old fashioned but one should be dignified, especially given the circumstance.Not sure what it has to do with "commies".
Cant beleive he didnt wear his service medals..dissapointing,
I initially thought you were referring to Aboat, not turning up in his Lycra or Budgies.
careful ACG - you'll get christielle in a lather
I am actually surprised he did not wear his uniform with his medals ...
Rod, I heard she's too busy wallpapering the house with said pics to be commenting.4 bedroom house, but she's nearly completed the task.
So we don't want a republic where the politicians have any influence in the choice of the candidates, but we are happy with the PM personally picking the person who represents us to a foreign head of state? I just don't get this I really don't.
i'm not happy with it. Ironic though how the two are compared via selection criteria.Viva la Republic!
They vey rarely get it wrong though. They are usually good people.
Very good observation shemp! One of the reasons I voted for the 1999 model was that a bipartisan choice seemed much better to me.
"So help me god"....do as I say not as I do.
It's good to see the lady on left is there as the beacon of democracy and fair play. Just the person to have at such a ceremony.
you old cynic
Haven't we got more important things than recognising the recognised? He has not done a fraction as much as the average Salvation Army person I see doing good for the most need for a pittance.
yes, but privilege begets privilege. Your average Salvo will not get recognition in this life
Hockit earns his nickname. Let's hock the country to the global corps.
Her Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd of Pall Mall in the Borough of London signs up His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).Err, how exactly does this stop the two packs of hyena’s otherwise known as the Coalition and Labor making fools of the Australian public in the eyes of the world?
Hyenas - I like that Pen. Very apt.
Tell me His Excellency do you think our three top blokes are already knights of another order? You're an expert on such matters.i have a sneaking suspicion.
You have to wonder if a paranoid Abbott fears dismissal by the GG? Why give them BOTH honors at this point? Why not give Cosgrove his when he finishes up?
I just can't understand why the PM has a very big say in the GG. Even more silly than the winning side choosing the Speaker.
Does he still get paid his army pension while he is getting paid a large of tax free dollars off the government.Really isn't it time to get rid of the royal family?
Does he still get paid his army pension while he is getting paid a large of tax free dollars off the government.
Really isn't it time to get rid of the royal family?
You seem so ignorant of history....Oliver Cromwell trued what you suggested, and look what the outcome was
He does, but he's asked that his GG salary be reduced by the same amount.Also, getting rid of the royal family would not remove the need to have a Head of State (or the need to pay them). So I'm not sure what your second point is about...
He does, but he's asked that his GG salary be reduced by the same amount.
Also, getting rid of the royal family would not remove the need to have a Head of State (or the need to pay them). So I'm not sure what your second point is about...
Jack, the outcome was Charles II, followed by James II, who was forced to flee the country and was replaced by a constitutional monarch in the Glorious Revolution, resulting in Britain leading the world in moving away from autocratic divinely imposed rule to democratic change.The English Civil War might have been painful, but not a bad outcome for the country. Sadly neither the Commonwealth nor the Crown did much good for the Irish, but that is a different story.
Jack, the outcome was Charles II, followed by James II, who was forced to flee the country and was replaced by a constitutional monarch in the Glorious Revolution, resulting in Britain leading the world in moving away from autocratic divinely imposed rule to democratic change.
The English Civil War might have been painful, but not a bad outcome for the country. Sadly neither the Commonwealth nor the Crown did much good for the Irish, but that is a different story.
Did Bryce receive her pension from being Governor of Queensland while she was GG? Or is it only conservatives that you are concerned with?
Silver plated nonsense.
After a long last of having the Labor appointed republican, camouflaged in the Queen's flag, finally we have a person of a proper standing for the GG job.Congratulations to Mr Cosgrove!!
Define 'proper' - or is that linked only to your LNP dogma?
Well its not linked to being related to a member of parliament
Jump I'll define his suggestion of proper.Old white military Man.There, fixed.
Knights & Dames & now a Governor General swearing allegiance to a foreigner. Enough to make the average person want to throw up !!Australia's great retrograde step back to the 50's.Great moves for the republican movement though !
The rise and rise of ultra-conservatism in Australia
Another reason to bring out the made in the Middle East crockery. Whatever did happen to Xenophon and Madigan's Australian made 'set' and their threat to dump on the PMs doorstep.A rather expensive week given our Budget Emergency.Least the Senate will be orderly and interesting unlike the House.
Another reason to bring out the made in the Middle East crockery. Whatever did happen to Xenophon and Madigan's Australian made 'set' and their threat to dump on the PMs doorstep.
A rather expensive week given our Budget Emergency.
Least the Senate will be orderly and interesting unlike the House.
I certainly hope so, a country girl. This week has been a total nightmare in the HoR !
A country gal, Xenophon and Madigan are just like Sen. Milne's useless mob, good for stunts but nothing else.
pres, so you miss the issue. Do you approve of our official crockery being manufactured OS. Besides if you work out the timing it was probably ordered during Labor's time.I strongly believe institutions such as PH should support Australian Artisans, Trades and Manufacturing in it's furnishings, equipment etc wholeheartedly.That is my point.
It would be pretty difficult to find an Australian and I mean real Australian artisan making crockery in Australia considering anything to do with art or music has to just struggle along on their own.
Amro Xenophon and Madigan did exactly that, sourced an Aussie co and spent approx $40k in the process to prove a point.Parliament refuses to use it, hence Xenophon in fine Greek plate smashing tradition proposed to dump it.
I hope he brings dignity and respect to his position and Australia (G*d knows we need a bit of a hand at the moment).
Well he was well respected in his role in the Army. I can't see why he won't demonstrate the same characteristics.
Sure, I wish him well in his role.However, others who have entered the political realm have had 'a decent past history' - and it hasn't always held true that they 'remained' decent. I'd rather not accept everything in politics at face value.
He's still acting like a military man, Abbotts beside himself he'll now be more comfortable with a man in the job.
@jump, it's not a political realm, it's a ceremonial realm. Leave politics out of it.
So I take it he is not yet Sir Peter? Is there a dubbing ceremony. Is it on hold until Price William hits our shores?As this is an Australian honour, it should be an Australian but a GG can't dub him or hermself. What about an existing knight? I nominate Dame Edna or Sir Les? Are they available?
Maybe the GG can dub himself. It could be the worlds first ever Knight Selfie.
As long as it's not a drubbing by Madame Speaker.
I think Emporer Napoleon came close when he snatched the crown at his coronation
Upon taking the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office his Knighthood was automatic. When he makes his first trip to visit HM The Queen he will be 'invested' with the insignia. He will also probably be made Knight of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem which is usually the case for a Governor or Governor General
Is it PC to speak of the GG using initials? Should we initialise that title? HEGHSP AK MC (ret). Or can we just call him Pete?
Sir Pete to you :)
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