Sunday, 8 March 2009
Here comes the Guv - on International Womens Day.
Today there was an open day at NSW Government House, which is located in the Botanic Gardens. It was a fund-raiser for the support of victims of the bushfires in Victoria. The Governor, Professor Marie Bashir arrives in her Genral Motors (Holden) car. She doesn't use Government House as a residence, instead using it for ceremonial purposes, state dinners, and opening it to the public.
That's the Governor's leg appearing in the top photo. Can anyone suggest to me something quintessentially Australian about this picture, and I'm not thinking of the flag.
State governors are Vice-Regal representatives of the Queen (hence the crown instead of number plate). They are appointed by the Premier of the day (with the assent of the Queen), not elected as Governors in the US are. They have mainly ceremonial power, but have to assent to Bills passed in Aprliament, before they become law.
Tomorrow, we will meet our lovely Governor.
And, best wishes for International Womens Day! Marie Bashir was the first woman Governor of NSW, and Quentin Bryce the Governor-General (she is the Vice-Regal rep in the federal arena) is the first female filling that role.