A unique and precarious office - the office of the Governor-General

Gerard Carney, Bond University

Document Type Journal Article

Carney, Gerard (2002), A unique and precarious office - the office of the Governor-General, The National Legal Eagle, April 2002, pp. 7-8.

Copyright ©The Law Society of New South Wales , 2002.

Reproduced with permission.



The Governor-General of Australia occupies a unique position in our constitutional system. The appointee is personally selected by the Prime Minister, and formally appointed by the Queen under s 2 of the Constitution. In the same way, the occupant of the office is removed from office by the Queen on the instructions of the Prime Minister. No grounds nor process are prescribed for removal. The unprecedented calls for the resignation of the current Governor-General, Dr Hollingworth, the former Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, highlight this gap in our constitutional arrangements.