Sir Angus to replace Cosgrove?
A SUNSHINE Coast University chancellor has emerged as a potential candidate to be Australia’s next governor-general.
Sir Angus Houston is being considered as a replacement for Sir Peter Cosgrove whose current term ends in March, The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.
However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison downplayed speculation the former defence chief was in the running for the position, saying he was focussed on other issues.
“I’m not really thinking about who the next governorgeneral is,” Mr Morrison told ABC TV.
“What I am thinking about is how I’m going to get electricity prices down, how I’m going to deal with the drought; I’m thinking about the aged care royal commission.”
However, he welcomed debate on the best candidate for a “very important position”.
“We will make a decision in due course but it is not something that’s burning a hole in my agenda at the moment,” Mr Morrision said.
Sir Angus, who left the ADF seven years ago, was made a knight by former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott in 2015.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said Sir Angus was a “tremendous guy” but there would be other strong candidates.
“There’ll be an announcement about the next governorgeneral next year I assume. There’s no particular hurry.”
HONOUR LOOMS? USC Chancellor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston.