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Australia Names New Governor-General Following Sex Scandal - 2003-06-22

Australia has named a new governor-general, the chief representative of Queen Elizabeth II, following the incumbent's resignation last month in a sex abuse scandal.

Prime Minister John Howard appointed Major General Michael Jeffrey to the honorary post Sunday.

General Jeffrey, a former governor of the state of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000, replaces Peter Hollingworth, who was forced to resign last month.

Public opinion turned against Mr. Hollingworth, a former archbishop, after an Anglican Church investigation found that Mr. Hollingworth failed to take strong action against known child-abusers in the church in the early 1990s.

It also became known that Mr. Hollingworth was fighting a lawsuit over allegations that he raped a woman more than 40 years ago, when he was a young priest. The case was later dismissed.