Defence chief tipped for Aussie GG role

Last updated 08:36 23/01/2014
Peter Cosgrove
TOP ROLE: Peter Cosgrove is tipped to be Australia's next Governor General.

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Former defence chief Peter Cosgrove is tipped to be named as Australia's new governor-general on Monday.

Major General Cosgrove has long been the frontrunner to succeed Quentin Bryce in the position.

News Corp Australia says Prime Minister Tony Abbott will appoint Cosgrove on Monday, the day after Australia Day.

Cosgrove led the Australian contingency in the 1999 East Timor peacekeeping mission, subsequently commanding the army and serving as defence force chief from 2002 to 2005.

He was Australian of the Year in 2001.

Since leaving the military he has worked as a non-executive director of Qantas, a Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu consultant and been the chairman of the South Australian Defence Industry Development Board and peak aged services industry body Leading Age Services Australia.

A Townsville suburb was named after him in 2008 in recognition of his work leading the rebuilding taskforce after Cyclone Larry devastated northern Queensland.

Bryce's term ends in March. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd appointed her governor-general in 2007. She was Australia's first female governor-general.

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