The Tasmanian Greens warmly welcome the historic appointment of Professor Kate Warner AM as Tasmania’s first female governor, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.
“This is an historic appointment on more than one level, as Tasmania finally appoints an extremely competent woman to the role of Governor,” Mr Booth said.
“While recognising Professor Warner’s legal training, this appointment is also a welcome break from past practice of sourcing vice-regal representatives from either the military or the judiciary.”
“Professor Warner has an exemplary legal and academic career, contributing enormously to Tasmania’s legal education, legal reforms and to the community through her advocacy of the University of Tasmania as an important state institution.”
“This significant contribution to Tasmania’s legal system was also recognised in this year’s Australia day honours when Professor Warner was awarded and Member of the Order (AM).”
“The traditional colonial role of the Governor has metamorphosed into one of community leadership, which previous incumbent Peter Underwood demonstrated so brilliantly. The Greens are confident that Professor Warner will build upon those foundations while bringing to the role her own style, purpose, warmth and community engagement.”
“On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I congratulate Professor Warner on her appointment as Tasmania’s 28th Governor and wish her well in the role,” Mr Booth said.