The Hon Kim Beazley, AC
Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the
electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007).
Mr Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-
96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and
Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special
Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the
Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06).
Mr Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence
Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.
After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop
Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University
of Western Australia. In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian
National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr Beazley took up his
appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for
service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of
government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an
advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
Mr Beazley was born in Perth. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts
at the University of Western Australia. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship
for Western Australia in 1973 and completed a Master of Philosophy at Oxford
University. He is married and has three daughters.
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