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Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce, (née Strachan; born 23 December 1942) is an Australian academic who served as the 25th
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from 2008 to 2014. She is the first woman to have held the position, and was previously the 24th
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from 2003 to 2008.Pollard (13 April 2008) Born in
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Brisbane
,
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Queensland
, Bryce was raised in
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, with her family subsequently living in a number of country towns around Australia. She attended the
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University of Queensland
, where she completed a
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and a
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, becoming one of the first women accepted to the Queensland
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. In 1968, Bryce became the first woman appointed as a faculty member of the law school where she had studied, and in 1978 she joined the new National Women's Advisory Council (later National Women's Consultative Council and then Australian Council for Women). This was followed by appointment to a number of positions, including the first Director of the Queensland Women's Information Service, the Queensland Director of the
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, and the Federal
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in 1988. Her services to the community saw her appointed an
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in 1988, and a
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and Dame of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2003. In 2011,
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invested Bryce as a
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at
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. Bryce was appointed Governor of Queensland in 2003. Although concerns were raised by some over her time in the office, her five-year term was going to be extended until 2009. However, on 13 April 2008, it was announced by Prime Minister
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that Bryce was to become the next Governor-General of Australia. The decision was generally well-received and on 5 September 2008 Bryce was sworn in, succeeding Major General
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and becoming the first woman to hold the office. Bryce's tenure was not without criticism. In an unprecedented move for an incumbent governor-general, Bryce made public comments in November 2013 widely interpreted as supporting an Australian republic and same-sex marriage.Monarchists decry Governor-General Quentin Bryce's support for a republic
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She was succeeded by General
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as governor-general on 28 March 2014.


Early life and education

Quentin Alice Louise Strachan was born in 1942 in Brisbane,Singh (2010) the second of four daughters.Condon (10 May 2008), p. 14. There are differing reports on both the place of birth and the number of children born to the Strachan family: while Condon provides Brisbane as the location of her birth, he acknowledges that others have identified Longreach as her birthplace. Condon quotes Bryce as saying: "My mother came to Brisbane to have me. She had had a child between my eldest sister and me, who died. I presume that's why she came to Brisbane." Her parents, Norman Walter Strachan and Edwina Naida Wetzel,Singh (2010) had taken up residence at
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in 1940. Bryce—along with all of the children in her family—received
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rather than attending the local
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.Condon (10 May 2008), p. 14. "Although they lived within a short walk of the Ilfracombe State School, all the Strachan girls, except Diana, were home-schooled by their mother. 'I don't know why she decided to teach us at home', Bryce muses. 'Maybe she wanted to start me earlier. She would have thought it was best for me.'" Her family left the area in 1949, initially relocating to
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, where they remained for approximately a year. Returning to Queensland, her family moved to Belmont. While living in Belmont she attended the Camp Hill State School, and there first met her future husband, Michael Bryce.Condon (10 May 2008), p. 14 She was a member of
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as a Brownie. During the period that they were residing in Belmont, her father moved to
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. In 1956, Quentin Strachan started attending boarding school at Moreton Bay College, Wynnum, Brisbane.Murphy, Snow & Dick (19 April 2008), p. 27. Upon graduating from high school, Quentin Strachan undertook studies at the
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University of Queensland
, initially enrolling in a
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social work
and arts degree, but transferring to law in her third year at the institution. She graduated from the university with a
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in 1962 and a
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in 1965. That year she became one of the first women to be admitted to the Queensland
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,Condon (10 May 2008) quotes Naida Haxton, who places Bryce as the seventh woman to be admitted to the Queensland bar. This is supported by other sources, (such as The Supreme Court of Queensland Library) which place Katharine McGregor as the first woman admitted. Nevertheless, some commentators – for example Murphy (2008) and Barrowclough (2008) – have stated that Bryce was the first to be appointed. although she never practised professionally. Quentin Strachan married Michael Bryce on 12 December 1964; the couple have two daughters and three sons.Singh (2010) Michael Bryce died on 15 January 2021, aged 82 years.Dame Quentin Bryce's husband Michael dies, aged 82
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Career

After spending some time in London, Bryce returned to Australia and accepted a part-time tutoring position at the T. C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland in 1968, thus becoming the first woman to be appointed to the faculty.Condon (10 May 2008) once again quotes Naida Haxton, who clarifies that Bryce was the first woman on staff, but that Haxton was the first woman to teach in the faculty, having lectured prior to Bryce's appointment, but not as a faculty member. In 1969 she took up a lecturing position at the law school,Wright (11 March 2003), p. 13. and she continued to teach at the university until 1983. In 1978 the
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government formed the National Women's Advisory Council and Bryce was "vaulted to prominence" with her appointment to the council, taking on the role of convener in 1982. In 1984 she became the first director of the Queensland Women's Information Service under the umbrella of the
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Murphy (14 April 2008) and was appointed as the "women's representative on the National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation". In 1987 she became the Queensland director of the
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(HREOC). Over a five-year period (1988–1993) Bryce served as Federal
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during the time of the
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government.McLean (15 March 2003), p. 31. Her time in the role was a busy one, with around 2,000 complaints being handled by the commission each year and the work difficult and complex.Summers (6 August 2001), p. 10. The period was also noted as being one of "galloping legal reform" for the rights of women, yet, as Sandra McLean described it, Bryce kept a firm grip on the "reins of change" during this time. Nevertheless, concerns were raised when, in 1990, Alexander Proudfoot formally complained that the women's health centres in the
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were operating in breach of the Sex Discrimination Act. This culminated in 1994 when Bryce faced an HREOC hearing after being accused of discriminating against Proudfoot – and ended when the commission found in Bryce's favour and dismissed the complaint, stating that the behaviour in question "did not reflect on the way Ms Bryce discharged her duties".Williams (14 April 2008), p. 4. After finishing her time as the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Bryce became the founding chair and
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of the National Childcare Accreditation Council, where she remained for three years before changing direction between 1997 and 2003 when she became the principal and chief executive officer of The Women's College within the
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,
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. The move was said to have "stunned her political and legal acquaintances", but Bryce saw it as bringing "together all the life skills and attributes" that she had acquired, as well as providing an opportunity to have an influence on the students' futures.Packham (14 April 2003), p. 5 In other roles, Bryce has been the chair of the National Breast Cancer Advisory Council and sat on the Australian Women's Cricket Board, and has been a member of organisations such as the
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, the
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and the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital. Bryce was also a US State Department Visitor in 1978 and a Member of the Australian Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland from 1989 to 1991.


Governor of Queensland

In 2003, on the recommendation of the
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,
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,
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, Queen of Australia, appointed Bryce as
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, the second woman to occupy the position. Once Bryce's nomination had been accepted by the Queen, Beattie opened it up for debate in the
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—an "unprecedented" move performed by the Premier as the first step in changing the manner by which the nominations are managed. Nevertheless, the outcome was never in doubt, as Beattie had a majority in the Legislative Assembly and had "cleared the vote with the
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and
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leaders" prior to the debate. Bryce's time at
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, was not always peaceful, but she was considered by some as a "highly respected figure" during her time as governor.Schubert (14 April 2008), p. 1. Concerns raised in the media included the "substantial" exit of staff at Government House not long after Bryce became governor, as at least eight staff, including the executive office, head chef, house manager and gardener resigned or were fired during her term,Barrowclough (5 September 2008) and the use of Government House for private parties."Partying OK says Beattie" (16 April 2005), p. 17. In response to the latter, Beattie argued that there was nothing wrong with holding private functions at Government House, especially as Bryce had paid for the events out of her own pocket, while the Queensland Public Sector Union stated in 2008 that the staff disputes were "with the management as a whole, but there wasn't anything specific against the Governor".Elks (15 April 2008), p. 3. Staff at Queensland Government House had "not
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enthusiastic" about Bryce as Queensland governor. A former staff member described Bryce as a "control freak". During this time, Bryce was the Patron of Girl Guides Queensland. In January 2008, it was announced her initial five-year term, due to end in late July, was to be extended to cover the period of Queensland's sesquicentennial celebrations in 2009. In making the announcement, Labor Premier
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described how Bryce had been an "inspiring leader" while serving as governor, and acknowledged Bryce's willingness to spend a "great deal of time" in regional and remote areas, serving as a "Governor for all of Queensland".Giles (27 January 2008), p. 3. The extension did not eventuate, however, as she was appointed governor-general, and she was succeeded as Queensland governor on 29 July 2008 by
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.Binne (29 July 2008)


Governor-General of Australia

On 13 April 2008 it was announced that, on the recommendation of the Labor Prime Minister,
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,
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had approved Bryce's appointment as the next Governor-General of Australia. The decision was generally well received: current and previous Labor state premiers supported her selection and both the then Leader of the Opposition,
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, and the leader of the
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,
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, spoke in favour of the decision.Cooke (14 April 2008), p. 5.
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described Bryce's selection as an "inspired choice",Edgar (19 April 2008), p. 53. while
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in the ''
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'' said that the decision signalled "an important about face for Australia".Singer (15 April 2008), p. 19. There was some opposition to the appointment, in particular from
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Des Houghton, who argued that she would bring a "fair bit of baggage" to the role (in reference to the controversies surrounding her time as the Governor of Queensland) and that she had failed to live up to her promise to be outspoken during her time at Government House.Houghton (19 April 2008), p. 12. Concerns were also raised in August 2008, when it was revealed that Bryce intended to replace Malcolm Hazell, who had been the Official Secretary for both Major General
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and
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, with . Kevin Rudd defended Bryce's decision, arguing that she had the right to appoint a new Official Secretary.Shanahan (26 August 2008), p. 12. Bryce was sworn in on 5 September 2008. An extension of her term was announced on 24 October 2012, to expire in March 2014. During this time, she served as the Patron of
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. On the election of
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as Leader of the Labor Party and
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in October 2013, Bryce offered her resignation to Prime Minister
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, in order to forestall any perception of bias, given that Bryce's daughter
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is married to Shorten. While acknowledging her magnanimity, Abbott declined to accept her resignation and asked her to serve the rest of her term. According to him Bryce provided continuity at a time of political turbulence and she should be commended for her dedication to public service.


Controversy

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, in the national newspaper ''
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'', suggested that the governor-general risked "politicising and misusing the office". Sheridan was commenting on Bryce's planned trip to Africa on behalf of the prime minister to lobby for a seat for Australia in the
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. He further stated that Bryce's "feigned interest in Africa will be seen cynically by Africans". Sheridan added that governors-general should travel overseas "only rarely and for ceremonial purposes", and "they have no right to engage in foreign policy debate, at home or abroad".
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, National Convenor of
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, said that any criticism of the South African tour should be directed to the government and not the governor-general.Flint, David, Australian For Constitutional Monarchy, 11 March 2009 He said: "The Governor-General must act on advice, except in relation to her most important role, that of constitutional guardian. She may advise against a state visit, but if ministers insist, must go. In that event, she must not of course act as an advocate, although she may inform the foreign government of the Australian government's policy." He said that a governor-general must be seen to be above politics. Similarly to her time as governor in Queensland, Government House in Canberra witnessed significant staff turnover, with claims that she was very difficult to work for. In November 2013, Bryce delivered the annual ABC Boyer Lecture. Bryce stated she would like to see an Australia where: "people are free to love and marry whom they choose ..And where perhaps, my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even grow up to be our nation's first head of state". Her comments drew severe criticism, not merely for their support of a republic while still serving as the Queen's representative, but because the role is meant to be strictly non-partisan. Senator
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called them "a slap in the face to many, many Australians, and a significant breach of trust".
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accused her of possible grandstanding, and wrote: "In publicly declaring these views, she has brought that high office into a political realm in which it does not belong ... Someone might explain to her that the job is not about her ... it's about us." Although the Australian republican movement supported her comments, head of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy
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stated that: "There's this sense of division that she's created and the position is not intended to be divisive—it's intended to unite and be above politics." Prime Minister
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supported her right to comment, saying "It's more than appropriate for the Governor-General, approaching the end of her term, to express a personal view on a number of subjects, and that's what she was doing."


Honours


Honorary military positions

* 2008–2014: Colonel-in-Chief of the
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Honorary degrees

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: *Bryce was conferred with the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon.DUniv) by
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in 2003. *Honorary Doctor of
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(Hon.DUniv (JCU))Singh (2010) *In 2004, Bryce was made an Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon.DU) by the
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Queensland University of Technology
. *In 2006 Bryce was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Hon.LLD) by the
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University of Queensland
. *In 2016, Bryce was a recipient of the
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.
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: *In 1998, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by
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(Hon.LLD). *In 2002, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by
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(Hon.DLitt). *In 2010, Bryce was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Hon.LLD) by the
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, where she was the principal of
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from 1997 to 2003. *In 2012, Bryce was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Hon.DLitt) by the
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. Bryce is a Life Fellow of the
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. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the
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in 2010.


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References

* * * * * * * * * * * * * "Quentin Bryce and Amanda Bell: champions of women’s leadership and of mentoring" in Donald Markwell, ''"Instincts to Lead": On Leadership, Peace, and Education'', Connor Court: Australia, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20170222013842/http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=256 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


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