The Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove AK and Lady Cosgrove will visit Vanuatu, July 1 to 2, to pay tribute to the contributions of Australians involved in the Cyclone Pam recover effort. After meeting both the President and Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Governor General and delegation will fly to the island of Tanna to meet with communities affected by Cyclone Pam (Photo: The Telegraph)

By Anita Roberts

The Australian Governor–General, Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will be visiting Vanuatu next week, from July 1 to 2, to pay tribute to the contributions of Australians involved in the Cyclone Pam recovery efforts.

Governor-General Cosgrove will meet Prime Minister Sato Kilman and President Baldwin Lonsdale to briefed on the ongoing reconstruction and will fly to the island of Tanna to meet community members affected by Cyclone Pam.

The visit has been confirmed by the office of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia through the Australian High Commission in Port Vila.

On the cyclone-hit Tanna, Governor General Cosgrove will also meet the CARE Australia representatives who are involved in the post-cyclone recovery and rebuild.

Following his visit to Vanuatu, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove will represent the people of Australia at the coronation of King Tupou VI of Tonga the next two days.

Cosgrove is Australia’s 26 Governor-General. His visit to Vanuatu makes the second visit of an Australian Governor-General after the former governor-general Quentin Bryce’s visit in 2010 for the 30th Independence Anniversary.

Different to Vanuatu, Australia’s Westminster government system derives from the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament.

This means that Australia has a Queen, who currently is Elizabeth II, resides in the United Kingdom and is represented by a Governor-General who delegates her power by the constitution.

Governor Cosgrove’s duties include opening and dissolving Parliament; commissioning the Prime Minister and appointing other Ministers after elections;giving assent to laws after being passed by the two Houses of Parliament; and appointing Federal judges and ambassadors and high commissioners to overseas countries.

Cosgrove has many important constitutional, ceremonial and community duties to perform.

He also conducts investitures at which people receive awards for notable service to the community.

Governor Peter’s visit to Vanuatu is not something new, he has seen a bit of disaster in his time — in war in East Timor, in the wake of earthquake and tsunami in Aceh and in cyclone-struck north Queensland.

In 2006, he was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the task force to rebuild communities in the affected region following the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry.

He is the son of a soldier graduated from military college. He and his wife both from Sydney have three adult sons and one grandson.

As an avid sports follower, General Cosgrove takes particular interest in rugby and cricket.

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