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Administrator of the Government

The Administrator of the Government, often shortened to The Administrator is the name given to a person acting in place any of the Governors-General of Australia, New Zealand or Canada. The Administrator is appointed if the Governor-General is 'incapacitated, outside the country, or otherwise unable to perform his/her duties.'

In New Zealand, the line of succession is 'the Chief Justice, followed by the President of the Court of Appeal, and then the Senior Judge of that same court.' For example, in April 2003, when Dame Sylvia Cartwright[?] was overseas, Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias[?] was appointed Administrator.

In Australia, by convention, it is the longest-serving state governor. For example, in May 2003 when Dr Peter Hollingworth stood aside (later resigning) as Governor-General, Tasmanian Governor Sir Guy Green was appointed Administrator.

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