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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14860

Mr CREAN (Leader of the Opposition) (2:27 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. I ask the Prime Minister what checks he made prior to appointing Dr Hollingworth as Governor-General.

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I thank the Leader of the Opposition for that question. I did not engage in any formal vetting procedure—to my knowledge, that has not been done in relation to any other appointments of Governors-General—for a number of apparent reasons: I was well acquainted with Dr Hollingworth, he was a person who had become a public figure and he had served governments of both political persuasions. I formed a view about his character, and I heard nothing adverse about his character. He was obviously very well known in the circles of the Anglican Church. I know many people who are also connected with circles of the Anglican Church and I did not hear anything to suggest that he would be other than a totally suitable person.