Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and
Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
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 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.