Federal Politics

Governor-General Live: March 28, 2014

General Sir Peter Cosgrove sworn in

Australia's new Governor-General is sworn in and addresses the Senate.

That's a wrap for The Pulse today.

Parliament is on a big break now for six weeks before the budget on May 13.

Alex Ellinghausen, Andrew Meares and I will see you then!

*Curtseys*

 

Which is more than we can say for some people.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives an enthusiastic welcome to school children in the Great Hall. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives an enthusiastic welcome to school children in the Great Hall. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

But G-G Cosgrove kept composed and professional throughout.

 

The swearing-in of Sir Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares
The swearing-in of Sir Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares 

His family were allowed an umbrella.

Max the grandson of General Sir Peter Cosgrove with his dad Phil and mum Lily watch the Federation Guard. Photo: Andrew ...
Max the grandson of General Sir Peter Cosgrove with his dad Phil and mum Lily watch the Federation Guard. Photo: Andrew Meares 

Before Cosgrove could peel, he had to inspect the Federation Guard in the drizzle.

The swearing-in of General Sir Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares
The swearing-in of General Sir Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares 
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To his young grandson, Max.

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of ...
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, with his wife Lynne and their 18-month-old grandson Max, during a reception in the Members' Hall. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Plenty of people were there to greet Sir Peter after the ceremony and speeches were done.

From his old mate, John Howard

 

Former Prime Minister John Howard greets Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Former Prime Minister John Howard greets Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Walking slowly with a group is something the G-G will be doing a lot of during his time in office. 

(Good thing you get specific training for this in the Army.)

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of ...
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, departs the Senate chamber after the swearing-in ceremony. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Tony Abbott was waiting for him there, too.

The swearing-in of Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares
The swearing-in of Peter Cosgrove. Photo: Andrew Meares 

Peter Cosgrove parades into the Senate as a mere General.

Governor-General designate General Peter Cosgrove arrives for the swearing-in ceremony in the Senate. Photo: Alex ...
Governor-General designate General Peter Cosgrove arrives for the swearing-in ceremony in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 
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Proceedings begin with Prime Minister Tony Abbott waiting for the Cosgroves to arrive.

Tony Abbott at the swearing-in of General Peter Cosgrove on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Tony Abbott at the swearing-in of General Peter Cosgrove on Friday. Photo: Andrew Meares 

The new Governor-General is now safely tucked up in his new home. 

We can expect him to be there for the next five years or so.

In honour of this swearing-in day, we leave you with a special edition of PHOTOS WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

As the Cosgrove cavalcade arrives at Government House, the monarchists and republicans have been issuing statements.

(At least they both agree that Cosgrove is a good guy.)

Australian Monarchist League spokesman Ben Collison says that "there is no one more fitting to serve as Her Majesty’s representative than General Cosgrove".

"On his swearing in as Governor-General, General Cosgrove becomes a Knight of the Order of Australia. He will be styled His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)."

Australian Republican Movement national director David Morris says that Cosgrove was a "great Australian".

"We honour General Cosgrove ... "

BUT

"What a pity he will be the representative of the Queen instead of representing Australia and the Australian people.

"We will continue to refer to the Governor-General as General Cosgrove, with the greatest respect. To use a colonial, aristocratic title would be disrespectful to all those great Australians who have been awarded our highest national Honours in recent decades."

The G-G makes an impromptu speech to the Federation Guard before he climbs into the Rolls to head back to Yarralumla.

"Thank you for being out in the rain."

The National Anthem is played again as the Cosgroves leave Parliament House, vice-regal flag waving in the wind.

It is raining outside as Peter Cosgrove receives the Royal Salute and inspects the Federation Guard.

No one said this G-G thing would be a snack.

The military band plays a cheery tune to accompany the damp parade.

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As the G-G and Lady Lynne depart through the Great Hall, the PM has been greeting some excited school children who have lined up behind the rope.

Members of the public and parliamentary staff applaud the new Governor-General on his way outside.

While we wait for the official departure of Peter and Lynne Cosgrove (there will be a salute), can we point you to a timely video from Rocco Fazzari.

FYI, the lute playing is by renowned Baroque musician, Susan King.

 

Tony Abbott, rege mediaevalibus

In early 2014, Tony Abbott may only have been 'primus inter pares,' but he managed to unleash his inner nobility with the help of Sir Rocco and a lutenist called King.

The G-G's 1970 Rolls Royce Phantom 6. Photo: Andrew Meares
The G-G's 1970 Rolls Royce Phantom 6. Photo: Andrew Meares 

The vice-regal wheels.

The 1970 Rolls Royce Phantom 6 used to convey General Sir Peter Cosgrove from the swearing-in ceremony as the Governor- ...
The 1970 Rolls Royce Phantom 6 used to convey General Sir Peter Cosgrove from the swearing-in ceremony as the Governor- General of Australia. Photo: Andrew Meares 

For all the car freaks out there, Andrew Meares has captured some close ups of the G-G's special car (this isn't the one he runs to the airport in, by the way).

It's a 1970s Rolls Royce Phantom 6.

In conclusion the new Sir Peter says:

"Thank you all indeed for your welcome today and your kind thoughts which I hope will uplift us through the time of our period in office."

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