Sam Mostyn becomes Australia’s second female governor-general

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jul1,2024
Businesswoman, gender equality advocate, and former AFL commissioner Sam Mostyn has been sworn in as Australia’s 28th governor-general.
The background: Mostyn was welcomed to Parliament House on Monday with military fanfare and an Indigenous smoking ceremony, before being sworn in on the floor of the Senate by High Court chief justice Stephen Gageler.
The 59-year-old is the second woman to serve as governor-general.

The key quote: “I will be an optimistic, modern, and visible governor-general, committed to the service and contribution that all Australians expect and deserve from the holder of this office.” — Sam Mostyn

What else to know: Mostyn began her professional life as a lawyer, working as an associate in the NSW Supreme Court of Appeal.
She briefly worked as a communications advisor to former prime minister Paul Keating in the 1990s before serving on the boards of companies and non-profits including Transurban and the Climate Council.
In 2005, Mostyn was appointed as the first female commissioner of the AFL and was a driving force behind establishing the code’s women’s league.
She has also spent time leading the Women’s Economic Taskforce.
What happens next: Mostyn is expected to serve a five-year term.
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