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Inspiring leaders at Women's College


17 April 2008

Quentin Bryce with Women's College students Sarah Sivyer (Senior Student 2002), Alice Finn (Senior Student 2003) and Belinda Turner (House Committee Treasurer 2002).
Quentin Bryce with Women's College students Sarah Sivyer (Senior Student 2002), Alice Finn (Senior Student 2003) and Belinda Turner (House Committee Treasurer 2002).

Quentin Bryce, the former principal of Women's College, has been named Australia's next governor-general.

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced last Sunday Ms Bryce will be Australia's 25th governor-general and Australia's first female governor-general.

Currently the Governor of Queensland, Ms Bryce is also a former Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

"Ms Bryce has an outstanding record of service to the entire Australian community," the Prime Minister said. "She is highly qualified for the role of governor-general."

"To see a woman as Governor-General will be another role model for Australian girls and Australian women to look up to," said Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Ms Bryce will take up her new role in September.

Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce

The Women's College

Ms Bryce was principal of the Women's College, the first university college for women in Australia, from 1997 to 2003.

The college has a long tradition of encouraging women to develop their leadership qualities. The current Governor of NSW and University of Sydney Chancellor, Marie Bashir, was senior student in 1954 and maintains a close association with the college.

Read the Prime Minister's announcement

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