Sir An­gus to re­place Cos­grove?

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - MATTY HOLDSWORTH Matty.Holdsworth@sc­news.com.au

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.”

Photo: John McCutcheon

HON­OUR LOOMS? USC Chan­cel­lor, Air Chief Mar­shal Sir An­gus Hous­ton.

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