"I took an oath of allegiance to the Queen when I was 19 and I shall continue to serve her unless and until the Australian people decide otherwise, '' said General David John Hurley AC DSC on the announcement by Premier Mike Baird of his appointment by The Queen of Australia as Governor of New South Wales.
This is to take effect on 2 October this year in succession to Professor Marie Bashir.
He was responding to a question concerning the monarchy and Australia becoming a (politicians') republic.
Asked his own views on change to a republic he said: "From this day onwards I have no personal views."
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy warmly congratulates General and Mrs Hurley on the appointment.
General Hurley is currently serving in the position of Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). He succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as CDF on 4 July 2011.