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Eye surgeon appointed SA Lieutenant Governor


Former Australian of the Year and prominent eye surgeon James Muecke has been appointed South Australia’s next Lieutenant Governor.


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Muecke will take over from current Lieutenant Governor Professor Brenda Wilson on January 27.

He was appointed Australian of the Year in 2020 following a 30-year career dedicated to fighting blindness across the world.

The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor for a term “during the Governor’s pleasure”.

They are the first person called upon to act as the vice-regal representative in the absence of the Governor, but the role in itself does not carry any specific duties or powers.

Premier Steven Marshall described Muecke as “one of South Australia’s favourite sons” and “a true pioneer in blindness prevention”.

“The 2020 Australian of the Year comes to this role with a wealth of national and international experience, and I very much look forward to working with him,” he said.

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