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The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC was installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018 as the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Mr Beazley was born in Subiaco, educated at Hollywood Senior High School and completed two degrees at The University of Western Australia. He served for nearly three decades in the Australian Federal Parliament and for a period of six years as Ambassador to the United States of America.
Prior to becoming Governor, Mr Beazley had a distinguished record of service to the public, leadership and representation of Australia.
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, as an advocate for Indigenous people and for service to the community.
Early life & family
Mr Beazley was born in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. In 1973, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia and completed a Master of Philosophy at Oxford University.He has honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia) and Murdoch University.
Mr Beazley is married to Ms Susie Annus and has three daughters, Jessica, Hannah and Rachel.
Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007).In the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-1996) Mr Beazley held, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State.
From 1995 to 1996, Mr Beazley served as Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and was Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and 2005 to 2006. 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 had until December 2009.
Ambassador to the United States of America
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 from Washington in 2016, Mr Beazley was apointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (2016-17), Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue (2016-18), Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and a Director and Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.
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The Governor’s Priorities
The Governor’s priorities are to work for the betterment of the State of Western Australia and all members of its communities through engagement, support and advocacy.
As outlined at his swearing-in, advocating for Western Australia’s interests will be a key focus of the Governor’s activities during his term, in addition to the traditional functions of the vice regal role.
Read the Governor’s swearing-in speech
“We are privileged to share this land with the oldest continuous civilisation on earth. Their happiness and dignity should be at the forefront of our thinking.
We are a clever people with major achievements in medicine, bio-sciences, radio astronomy and energy related technologies. Likewise in information technology. We lead globally in minerals and energy… We also lead in software for the world’s mining industry.
We need advocates for our capacities in these and many other areas, including defence industry and service industries such as education, media and tourism.
I am grateful the Premier has suggested to me, I should perform an advocacy role for the State’s capabilities. A daunting but critical challenge.”
The Governor’s priority areas
Shortly after he was sworn-in, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC announced the following priority areas:
- Ensuring that the state, national and international communities understand the critical roles the Western Australian minerals and energy, agricultural and fishing industries play in generating economic growth and development.
- Furthering understanding and promoting the well-being of our Aboriginal populations.
- Advocating for the State as a rich and vibrant arts, cultural, educational and tourism destination.
- Supporting the health system of WA in its research and provision of services to all sectors of the community.
- Promoting education, including the importance of STEAM and the capacity of our tertiary institutions to engage internationally in education, training and research.
- Championing Western Australian achievements in technology and development, particularly in the defence and space industries.
New priorities in a post-COVID environment
The COVID-19 pandemic has now dramatically altered the environment in which we operate. It has had a significant impact on Western Australia, the nation and the world more broadly.
The Governor’s priorities are now underpinned by on overarching vision post-COVID, with particular emphasis to be placed on the following areas:
- Ongoing communication and engagement with Patronages and community organisations directly impacted by COVID-19.
- Contribution to, and encouragement of, community well-being and reassurance through the enhanced utilisation of Government House and the Grounds.
- The monitoring and support of social and economic recovery efforts within Western Australia.
- Contribution to the promotion and enhanced awareness of Western Australia’s domestic capabilities.