Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019; Second Reading
Thank you very much. We all know why former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth was forced to resign in 2003. His repeated misconduct in handling allegations of sexual abuse is well documented and was again brought to light during the royal commission. It is just common sense that a government-appointed—not elected—official who is forced to resign due to serious misconduct should not then go on to receive a pension in retirement worth millions of dollars at the taxpayer's expense. My amendment enables the parliament to consider such cases and, if appropriate, put a stop to them.