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Former Australian of the Year appointed Lieutenant Governor

Premier Steven Marshall has today announced Dr James Muecke AM, who is a former Australian of the Year, will be South Australia’s next Lieutenant Governor.

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Premier Steven Marshall has today announced Dr James Muecke AM will be South Australia’s next Lieutenant Governor.

The Former Australian of the Year (2020) and prominent eye surgeon will succeed Professor Brenda Wilson AM who has served in the role since August 2014.

The Lieutenant Governor does not in itself carry any specific duties or powers, but is “the first person called upon to act as the Vice – Regal representative in the absence of the Governor”.

Premier Steven Marshall said Dr Muecke AM is the perfect fit for the role.

“I am extremely honoured to announce that Dr James Muecke AM will be South Australia’s next Lieutenant Governor,” Premier Marshall said.

“He is one of South Australia’s favourites sons, a true pioneer in blindness prevention and an incredibly accomplished eye surgeon – dedicating 32 years to his humanitarian work.

“The 2020 Australian of the Year comes to this role with a wealth of national and international experience, and I very much look forward to working with him.”

Premier Steven Marshall commended and congratulated Professor Brenda Wilson AM on serving in the role of Lieutenant Governor for almost eight years.

“I join all South Australians in thanking Professor Wilson for her unwavering commitment to the State,” Premier Marshall said.

“Professor Wilson AM is such a passionate South Australian and her work as Lieutenant Governor for nearly eight years has been remarkable.

“I wish Brenda all the best in her future endeavours, I’m sure she will continue to contribute to our State, especially through her current work on many important boards across various sectors.”

Dr James Muecke AM will be sworn in as South Australia’s next Lieutenant Governor on Thursday 27 January 2022 at a ceremony held at Government House.

Find out more about the role of Lieutenant Governor here.


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