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Who is Samantha Mostyn, Australia’s next Governor-General?

King Charles has officially approved of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s recommendation.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that, with King Charles III’s approval, Samantha Mostyn AO will be Australia’s next Governor-General.

She will take over from current Governor-General David Hurley after being sworn in on July 1, 2024.

When announcing the news, Mr Albanese highlighted that Samantha will become the second woman in Australia’s history to ever hold the position.

He then explained why he chose Samantha as the next Governor-General of Australia.

“Sam Mostyn is an exceptional leader who represents the best of modern Australia. She has lived her life in the service of a powerful Australian principle. When more people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, our nation is a better place,” Mr Albanese said.

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“She has lived her life in the service of a powerful Australian principle. When more people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, our nation is a better place.

“This understanding has driven Sam’s tireless advocacy for gender equality, particularly in the world of business, for women’s safety and reconciliation.”

But who is Samantha Mostyn?

Samantha Mostyn is a prominent Australian businesswoman and gender equality advocate.

Currently, she’s the chair of the federal government’s Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce.

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Previously, Samantha worked as AFL commissioner as well as with Reconciliation Australia, Beyond Blue, the Australia Council for the Arts and the National Mental Health Commission.

Samantha is set to become Australia’s 28th Governor-General in July this year – something she’s deeply honoured by.

“I will never underestimate or take for granted the expectations that come with high office, and I am ready to serve with integrity, compassion and respect,” Samantha said when Mr Albanese made her appointment public.

“I can think of no greater purpose… 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 continued.

Is Sam Mostyn married?

Yes, Sam Mostyn is married to leading public law barrister Simeon Beckett. They share a 24-year-old daughter.

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