His Excellency Kim Beazley, AC was appointed Australia’s ambassador to the United States in 2010. He previously served as chancellor of the Australian National University from July 2008 to December 2009, and was the Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia.
Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament of Australia in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-1996) and Brand (1996-2007). He served on various parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Committee. Beazley was a minister in the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating governments (1983-1996) and held, at various times, the portfolios of defense, finance, transport and communications, employment education and training, aviation, and special minister of state. He was deputy prime minister (1995-1996), leader of the Australian Labor Party (1996-2001) and leader of the opposition (2005-2006).
In 2009, Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defense and international relations and for his advocacy for indigenous people. Beazley 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.