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Published Time: 02.04.2024 - 20:01:07 Modified Time: 02.04.2024 - 20:01:07

She will be sworn in on July 1, replacing David Hurley, who has served since 2019. Sam Mostyn, Samantha Mostyn


Prominent woman and gender equality advocate Samantha Mostyn AO will be Australia's next governor-general.

She will be sworn in on July 1, replacing David Hurley, who has served since 2019.

Mr Albanese described Ms Mostyn as a modern and optimistic leader who was deeply respected in the world.

"Her leadership reflects our enduring Australian values of equality, fairness and a responsibility to build a better future for the next generation," he said.

Ms Mostyn said her strong experience and legal training would bolster her in the new position.

"I can think of no greater purpose, prime minister, than to serve this country I love as governor-general, particularly at a time in our history when the challenges and opportunities we face are large and complex," she told reporters in Canberra. 

She says she has engaged with a diverse Australian community over the years. 

"My connections to this country and have come in so many forms — from contributing to governance around executive investment and board tables, to cheering at the footy, to being moved and inspired in the audience at our extraordinary music and arts events or packing food boxes in my local community," she said. 

"The beauty of Australians is our ability to pull together often despite our differences." 

Ms Mostyn has previously worked with Reconciliation Australia, Beyond Blue, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the National Mental Health Commission.

As a commissioner with the AFL, she was central to establishing the code's women's competition.

She will be just the second woman to serve as Australia's governor-general, following Quentin Bryce.

Mr Hurley welcomed the announcement, calling Ms Mostyn someone dedicated to "making positive change in our community". 

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander s as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.

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