The Hon Kim Beazley AC
The Hon Kim Beazley AC has a long and distinguished record of service in Australian public life. His acute and pertinent insights are endorsed by the expansive scope of his political career.
Mr Beazley was elected to the Australian 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 an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.
Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
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 Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia). He is married and has three daughters.
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- The US Presidential Race
- Australian-American relations
- Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
- US foreign policy in Asia
- My Life in Politics
- Defence White Paper
Topic SynopsesThe US Presidential Race
Kim is uniquely placed to explain the ins and outs of the complicated US electoral system. In addition to his familiarity with its conventions and processes, he will address the election’s outcome and its impact on Australia and the globe.
Kim’s insider knowledge of the significance of the United States to Australian national security, and all aspects of the relationship, is in-depth and unrivalled. In both the historical and contemporary context, there is no greater authority on this relationship – our most significant political alliance.
Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
With the highest diplomatic post in the land, the Australian Ambassador to the United States of America interacts with US power centres in Administration and Congress. The significance of trade, policy, economics and campaigning for key objectives like the TPP are addressed.
US foreign policy in Asia
How does the geographic rebalance, the so-called pivot to Asia, stack up against priorities like the Middle East? What would be the impact of a Trump presidency, given his intention to savage Asian trade? Are we headed for trade war or something more kinetic?
My Life in Politics
The popularity of programs like House of Cards and The West Wing show people will always love stories of political intrigue and power. Kim Beazley’s stories are not fiction but true. His meetings with prominent people and leaders from around the world make for fascinating insights that extend beyond the anecdotes. The absorbing story of a long and distinguished career.
Defence White Paper
What it means for industry, alliances, combat capability, and its historical background.