Ex-military chief appointed Queen's envoy in Australia
CANBERRA (AFP) - Former defence forces chief Peter Cosgrove was on Tuesday appointed Australia's new governor-general, representing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in the constitutional monarchy.
Mr Cosgrove, 66, had long been considered the conservative government's preferred candidate to replace outgoing envoy Quentin Bryce, whose term expires in March.
The retired general, who stood down as Australia's defence chief in 2005, commanded the international peacekeeping force that oversaw East Timor's transition to independence and also served as a platoon commander in Vietnam.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Queen had approved Mr Cosgrove's recommendation, describing him as someone who had "dedicated his life to serving and supporting the Australian community".