The politically correct brigade didn’t take long to vent their moral outrage over the selection of David Hurley to be Australia’s next governor-general.
Where once Australians could hold their head up proudly to have served in the military, the far-left would have you believe this honour has become dubious. Not to mention that Hurley is burdened with the stigma of being white…and male.
And yes, it says so right there on his birth certificate.
Nonetheless, incoming governor-general David Hurley hopes Australians can look past his military uniform — not to mention his race and sex — and be more open-minded about what he can bring to the role.
Hurley asks opposers to have an open mind
As the Australian Associated Press reports, PM Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that Hurley will take up his post in June next year, once Sir Peter Cosgrove’s five-year commission ends.
The shift was meant to occur in March 2019, but Mr Hurley insisted it was put off to ensure NSW has an experienced governor for the upcoming state election.
But all logic and conscientiousness aside, the lack of difference between Hurley and Sir Cosgrove’s sex and skin colour has caused hypocritically-prejudice haters to express the injustice of it all.
Understandably, Hurley was taken aback by his less than warm welcome. He told Nine Network’s Today Show earlier this week:
‘All I can say is I am what I am.’
And what he is, is inarguably extraordinary.
Hurley became the NSW governor in 2014, following over four decades of service in the Australian Army. And yet, the former defence force chief’s heroic years of service are being held against him, creating a ridiculous debate regarding the potential takeover of the ‘military stereotype’ in our governor-general position.
But Hurley is asking the public to put his years of service aside, and judge him purely on his track record. He also insists that it was at others’ requests that he fulfil the governor-general position, rather than a role he sought out himself:
‘I have been asked to do those roles and if you look at what I have tried to do in the defence force, for women, for opening up positions and so forth, and how I have approached my role here as governor, I don’t think I have been the military stereotype.
‘I’m not the military stereotype and I think people should just be a bit more open minded about it.’
And ultimately, whether publicly accepted or not, it wasn’t likely Morrison would have accepted anyone else to take over the role.
ScoMo insists it is Hurley and only Hurley
The AAP also reports that ScoMo claimed on Sunday that Hurley was his first and only choice as successor of Sir Peter Cosgrove.
He went on to explain that his thought-process was no doubt ‘traditionalist’, in that finding a new governor general involved a quest for a former military figure.
‘General Hurley is known for looking people straight in the eye. Not up and not down. He was that way with those he led in the military and he’s been that way as a governor and throughout his life.’
While this logic will no doubt be spun into a backwards form of bias, we believe Morrison is on the money here.
The governor-general is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the country’s prime minister. Whoever is appointed will carry out the constitutional and ceremonial duties on behalf of your royal highness within the Commonwealth of Australia.
Labor has warned NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that suggestion to replace Mr Hurley may not be honoured if announced before the March state poll.
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