Samantha Mostyn to become Governor-General, Albanese announces

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced Samantha Mostyn as the nation’s next Governor-General.

Ms Mostyn will take over from David Hurley and become Australia’s 28th Governor-General after she is sworn in on 1 July 2024.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Albanese said Ms Mostyn will be the second woman in Australia’s history to hold the position, after confirming her appointment had been approved by King Charles III.

“Sam Mostyn is an exceptional leader who represents the best of modern Australia. She has lived her life in the service of a powerful Australian principle. When more people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, our nation is a better place,” Mr Albanese said.

“She has lived her life in the service of a powerful Australian principle. When more people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, our nation is a better place.

“This understanding has driven Sam’s tireless advocacy for gender equality, particularly in the world of business, for women’s safety and reconciliation.”

Ms Mostyn said she was deeply honoured by the privilege and looked forward to representing the values and aspirations of all Australians

“I will never underestimate or take for granted the expectations that come with high office, and I am ready to serve with integrity, compassion and respect,” she said.

The prime minister thanked General David Hurley for his “outstanding” service as Governor-General, a position he has held since 2019.

“David Hurley has done his duty with dignity, humility and great respect for the country that he has served and the country that he loves so deeply.

“I wish him and Mrs. Hurley all the very best for the next chapter of their lives together. And on a personal note, I thank him for his engagement with me as Prime Minister that we have had a respectful dialogue between the Governor-General and Prime Minister, which is so important for the nature of our democracy.”

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