General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.
In 2014, Cosgrave became Australia’s Governor General. As Governor General he travelled far and wide, supporting Australians in times of crisis, sadness, joy and celebration, representing us on the world stage with humour, intelligence and a force of personal magnetism that was felt by everyone from The Queen to US Presidents.
When he retired in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected Governors General in Australia’s history. Cosgrove represents the traits we truly value: warmth, humanity, toughness and loyalty. His humour and empathy shone through the pomp and ceremony, and his time as Governor General will be remembered as much for his laughter as for the usual dignities of the office.
You Shouldn’t Have Joined is the memior of Sir Peter’s extraordinarily full and eventful life. It encompasses his time in the military and how his perspective has changed since the release of his 2006 bestseller, My Story. There is incredible insight into the world of Australia’s Governor General – all told with Sir Peter’s compassion and eye for telling an anecdote.
Sir Peter will appear in conversation with Scott Bevan. Scott is an Australian TV and radio presenter, journalist and biographer whose recent publication The Lake explores the history and impact of Lake Macquarie on the Hunter region.
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