The Role of the Governor-General has been described in detail on the Governor-General’s website. A copy of the website content as at 19th February 2009, can be found here.
The relationship between the office and that of the Sovereign has evolved, as the Crown itself has been Australianised and separated from the imperial British Crown. So much so that some people ask why we cannot just keep the viceroys, the Governor-General and the State Governors and dispense with our Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II her heirs and successors.
We propose here to deal with these three issues separately.