10 Things I Love about Quentin Bryce

Quentin Bryce is Australia’s Governor General. I have admired her for quite some time now, but in the past week she gave me two more reasons.

So I decided to compile a list of 10 things I love about Quentin Bryce (I’m also quite partial to lists):

  1. She is a trail blazer. Quentin Bryce is Australia’s first female Governor General. She was the first female faculty member at the University of Queensland’s Law School. She was the second Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She is the first Governor General to publicly support a republic (more on this in #8).
  2. She is from Queensland and was born in Brisbane. This is a selfish thing to love about the GG, but it’s always nice to have a role model who comes from the same place you do.
  3. She studied at the University of Queensland. See reasoning for #2.
  4. Quentin Bryce strikes the perfect balance between toughness and elegance. In fact, she is quite possibly the most elegant person in Australia. (Elegance is a quality I think can be attributed to both men and women).
  5. She thinks women can have it all, saying: “You can have it all, but not all at the same time.” (Quentin Bryce raised five children and has had a brilliant career).
  6. The GG has an androgynous first name (actually it’s masculine).
  7. She has the most fabulous, colorful yet tasteful wardrobe ever.
  8. This week Quentin Bryce backed an Australian republic, saying she hoped Australia would become a place where perhaps, “one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation’s first head of state.”  For the Governor General, the Queen’s representative, to come out and say this is a pretty big deal.
  9. She is courageous. Quentin Bryce must have expected a backlash for coming out in support of a republic (which basically means she doesn’t believe in her current role), and she got one. Good on her for biding her time and using her remaining few months in office to spark a debate.
  10. The GG also backed marriage equality this week, saying she hoped the nation would evolve into a country where “people are free to love and marry whom they choose.” Hear, hear!

Now, all that is left is for Quentin Bryce and Malcolm Turnbull to form their own political party so that those of us with a modern take on society in Australia (and a basic understanding of economics) actually have someone we can vote for…

Image credit: Sky News

Scroll down on this site for a fantastic interactive chart of Australian sentiment on becoming a republic.


6 replies

  1. She is my hero. I served her champagne once at a function in Brissy in 2003. She asked my name and we had a short chat. Hours later, as she was leaving the function, she caught sight of me and said “nice to meet you, Leah”. Such a legend!

  2. Nice post and good point about balancing toughness and elegance. Re Turnbull forming a new political party, given how the government is going at the moment, I think he might be Liberal PM in a short amount of time.

    • Thanks Gene.
      Do you really think they might switch leaders? I actually wouldn’t like to see that—another period of instability caused by leadership changes.

  3. I agree QB is an inspiration. interesting to note that Point 8 is not such a big deal for The Queen’s Representative, as The Queen herself has stated on a number of occasions that she supports Australia making our own decisions on the form of Government we choose, republic or monarchy.

    Australian’s generally seem to be politically apathetic regarding a transition from a monarchy to a republic. I suspect this will gain momentum at the next accession.

    • Thanks for your comment Katrina.
      I agree that we are apathetic in relation to the monarchy. I think many people don’t see why they should care. But the GG articulated it well, and I hope more people with her kind of influence will start articulating it.

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