Kim Beazley

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Person.png Kim Beazley  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician)
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Born14 December 1948
NationalityAustralian
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia, Balliol College (Oxford)
Member ofAustralian Institute of International Affairs

Employment.png Governor of Western Australia

In office
1 May 2018 - Present

Employment.png Australian Ambassador to the United States

In office
17 February 2010 - 22 January 2016

Employment.png Australian National University/Chancellor

In office
1 January 2009
Preceded byKim Beazley
Succeeded byKim Beazley

Employment.png Leader of the Australian Labor Party

In office
28 January 2005 - 4 December 2006
Succeeded byKevin Rudd

Employment.png Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

In office
20 June 1995 - 11 March 1996

Employment.png Australia/Minister for Finance

In office
23 December 1993 - 11 March 1996

Employment.png Australia/Minister for Employment and Education

In office
27 December 1991 - 23 December 1993

Employment.png Australia/Minister/Transport and Communications

In office
4 April 1990 - 27 December 1991

Employment.png Australia/Leader of the House

In office
15 February 1988 - 11 March 1996

Employment.png Australia/Minister for Defence

In office
13 December 1984 - 4 April 1990

Employment.png Australia/Minister for Aviation

In office
11 March 1983 - 13 December 1984

Employment.png Member of the Australian Parliament for Brand

In office
2 March 1996 - 24 November 2007
Succeeded byScott Morrison

For his father, see Kim Beazley Sr.

Kim Christian Beazley is an Australian politician who throughout his career was a strong proponent of the tie to the United States. Despite having support in many of the right places, he never made it to the top job of prime minister.

Per 2010, he is Governor of Western Australia. He was previously Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 1995 to 1996, Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006, and Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2016. He served in multiple roles in the Hawke and Keating Governments from 1983 to 1996.

Beazley was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, the son of politician Kim Beazley. He studied at the University of Western Australia and Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After a period as a lecturer at Murdoch University, Beazley was elected to Parliament at the 1980 election, winning the Division of Swan. Prime Minister Bob Hawke appointed Beazley to the Cabinet following Labor's victory at the 1983 election, and Beazley served as a minister continuously through to the party's defeat at the 1996 election. His roles included Minister for Defence from 1984 to 1990, Leader of the House from 1988 to 1996, Minister for Finance from 1993 to 1996 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1996.

After Labor's 1996 defeat, Beazley was elected unopposed as Labor Leader, replacing Paul Keating. Despite winning the popular vote at the 1998 election, Beazley could not win enough seats to form government, and after a second defeat in 2001, he resigned the leadership. He attempted twice to return to the leadership, doing so in 2005 after Labor lost the 2004 election, but was successfully challenged by Kevin Rudd in December 2006 following poor opinion polling. Beazley retired from Parliament at the 2007 election, which Labor won, and was appointed Ambassador to the United States. Beazley held this role until 2016, before being appointed Governor of Western Australia by Premier Mark McGowan in 2018.



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