March 1st, 2009


We are amused,27574,25121860-5007133,00.html

GOVERNOR-General Quentin Bryce has raised eyebrows by ordering private security briefings from top public servants - including the head of the armed forces.

Two weeks ago, Ms Bryce summoned the head of the defence forces, Air Chief Marshall, Angus Houston, along with the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Michael L'Estrange and the Treasury Secretary, Dr Ken Henry to her official Canberra residence, Yarralumla.

Ms Bryce also asked all state Governors and the Northern Territory Administrator to take part in the private talks, which took place over two days on February 17 and 18.

A spokeswoman confirmed the official briefings by three departmental heads was the first of its kind in the 107-year history of the office. It followed another first for the Governor-General, a televised address to the nation by Ms Bryce following the devastating loss of life in the Victorian bush fires.


Under the Constitution, Ms Bryce is technically the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. However, the Governor-General is only meant to act on the advice of the Prime Minister of the day.

OOoh -err! She's the first woman G-G AND the first G-G in 107 years to want to be informed!