Prominent Perth barrister Malcolm McCusker QC has been appointed as the next Governor of Western Australia.
Named as the WA Australian of the Year in 2010, McCusker has had a long and distinguished legal career. He has been the chairman of the Legal Aid Commission in WA since 1983 and was the inaugural parliamentary inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission between 2004 and 2008.
A well known philanthropist, McCusker has established his own charitable foundation to assist health and education in WA.
His appointment has been welcomed by the legal profession, with Hylton Quail, the president of the Law Society of Western Australia, describing him as one of the state's finest and most senior lawyers.
"While he will be sorely missed in practice, the profession's loss will be the community and state's gain as we have no doubt he will be an excellent ambassador and Governor," Quail said.
McCusker will replace the current Governor Ken Michael in July.