UNSW Canberra Alumnus announced as the next Governor-General of Australia
UNSW Canberra Alumnus His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) has been announced as the next Governor-General of Australia.
Announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday 16 December, General Hurley will begin the position in June 2019. This allows him to finish his term as Governor of New South Wales (NSW).
At a press conference in Canberra, General Hurley said he was “humbled and proud” to have accepted the offer made by the Prime Minister even though it did come as a surprise.
“I have certainly confirmed in my own mind over the past four years, something that I had sensed about Australia, but really hadn’t had the opportunity before to witness on a day-to-day basis - that Australia is a very rich country in a nonmaterial sense. Australians have an amazing and, indeed, an enormous capacity to contribute their time, their energy, their talents, their emotions, their care and indeed their money to assist others and I look forward to continuing to be involved with them in these pursuits.”
Prior to his appointment as Governor of NSW, General Hurley served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. General Hurley was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and a Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.
General Hurley graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from UNSW. He served in the Royal Australian Regiment and early in his career as the exchange officer with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (British Army).