“Our nation is a better place due to his service and he will be most warmly remembered,” the current Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to a man who brought “gentle dignity to the role”. The Prime Minister said,
A former Governor-General, Justice of the High Court of Australia, and Australian infantryman, Sir Ninian’s long and highly distinguished career was dedicated to the service of the Australian public. He represented the very best of Australia while encouraging the very best from all Australians. Australia will remember Sir Ninian for his humility, his intellect, and his lifelong commitment to justice and the rule of law.