If Ricky Ponting scores a double century in the Boxing Day Test and announces his retirement from cricket, there would be nothing preventing the Prime Minister making Australia’s greatest run scorer the next governor-general.
How about Kylie Minogue? She would bring international experience and contacts to the vice-regal post and is a recipient of France’s highest cultural honour, the Order of Arts and Letters. She’s talking about retiring to a “big house” with a garden. Would Government House be suitable?
While either scenario might seem absurd, it could in fact be a reality. There are no rules, no selection criteria, no formal list of qualifications, no formal vetting procedure and no restrictions for appointing a person to the highest office in the land. It is the personal gift of the prime minister, who alone makes a recommendation, which the Queen is obliged to accept.
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