Hon Kim Beazley MP

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Former Member

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Swan, Western Australia, 1980. Re-elected 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993. Elected to the House of Representatives for Brand, Western Australia, 1996, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 16.11.04 to 8.2.05
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.
  • Minister for Aviation from 11.3.1983 to 13.12.1984.
  • Special Minister of State from 14.7.1983 to 13.12.1984.
  • Cabinet Minister from 13.12.1984 to 11.3.1996.
  • Minister for Defence from 13.12.1984 to 4.4.1990.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 15.2.1988 to 1.2.1991.
  • Minister for Transport and Communications from 4.4.1990 to 9.12.1991.
  • Minister for Finance from 9.12.1991 to 27.12.1991.
  • Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 27.12.1991 to 23.12.1993.
  • Minister for Finance from 23.12.1993 to 11.3.1996.
  • Deputy Prime Minister from 20.6.1995 to 11.3.1996.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 26.11.1980 to 4.6.1981; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 21.3.2002 to 7.3.2005.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.3.2002 to 8.2.2005.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 15.2.1988 to 29.1.1996.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982
  • Member, Australian Delegation to the South Pacific Commission, Pago Pago, October 1982
  • Official visits to China, September 1984
  • Official visits to New Zealand, March-April 1985
  • Official visits to USA and Canada, August-September 1985
  • Official visits to Indonesia, April-May 1986
  • Official visits to Sweden, Germany and USA, May 1986
  • Official visits to USA, August 1986
  • Official visits to New Zealand, April 1987
  • Official visits to New Zealand, September 1987
  • Official visits to South Pacific, October 1987
  • Official visits to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei, November 1987
  • Official visits to Malaysia, April 1988
  • Official visits to UK, Sweden and USA, June-July 1988
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, July 1988
  • Official visits to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, September 1988
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, October-November 1988
  • Official visits to New Zealand, December 1988
  • Official visits to New Zealand, February 1989
  • Official visits to USA, Europe and UK, June 1989
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, January 1990
  • Official visits to Turkey, April 1990
  • Official visits to Singapore, Japan and South Korea, April 1991
  • Official visits to USA and Hong Kong, September-October 1991
  • Official visits to USA, July-August 1992
  • Official visits to New Zealand, September 1992
  • Official visits to Singapore and Indonesia, November 1992
  • Official visits to USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, June 1993
  • Official visits to Fiji, February 1995
  • Official visits to USA, October 1995
  • Official visits to Indonesia, December 1995
  • Official visits to India, Singapore and Indonesia, November 1996
  • Official visits to Hong Kong, Jordan, Israel, UK and Singapore, July 1997
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998
  • Official visits to East Timor, December 1999
  • Official visits to East Timor, April-May 2000
  • Official visits to Indonesia, Singapore and Indonesia, April-May 2000
  • Official visits to Japan, June 2000
  • Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India, January 2003
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to East Timor, July 2003
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, February 2004
  • Official visits to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, April-May 2005
  • Official visits to Turkey, March-April 2005
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, China, India, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and Thailand, June-July 2007
Parliamentary party positions
  • Leader of the House from 15.2.1988 to 11.3.1996.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 20.6.1995 to 19.3.1996.
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 19.3.1996 to 22.11.2001.
  • Leader of the Opposition from 19.3.1996 to 22.11.2001.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.1996 to 22.11.2001.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 3.8.2004 to 22.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Defence from 3.8.2004 to 22.10.2004.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.1.2005 to 17.10.2007.
  • Leader of the Opposition from 28.1.2005 to 4.12.2006.
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 28.1.2005 to 4.12.2006.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP State Executive (WA) 1967-73
  • Vice-President, ALP (WA) 1970-73
  • Member, ALP State Executive (WA) from 1976
  • Treasurer, ALP (WA) 1977-80
  • Member, National Executive Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee 1978-90
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee (WA) 1980-82
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1980
  • Secretary, ALP Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence 1980-83
  • Member, ALP National Executive 1991-2001
  • Member, ALP National Executive from 2005
Personal
  • Born 14.12.1948, Perth, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • M.A (UWA)
  • M.Phil (Oxon)
  • Rhodes Scholar (WA 1973)
  • Tutor, Murdoch University 1976-79
  • Lecturer in Social and Political Theory, Murdoch University, Western Australia 1980
Electorate
  • Description: Provincial
  • Location: south of Perth; it includes the centres of Kwinana, Mandurah and Rockingham.
  • Area: 430 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 84223 (at 9.10.2004)
  • Industries: heavy industry in the Kwinana industrial area, alumina refining, tourism and the naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island.
  • Electorate: Brand includes parts of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Mandurah, Peel and Rockingham, and parts of Cockburn and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
Publications
  • The Politics of Intrusion - the Superpowers in the Indian Ocean (with I Clark), Alternative Publishing Cooperative, Sydney: 1979