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Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley

Patrick O’Meara interviews The Honorable Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the United States

Kim Beazley, smiling, in suit and tie in front of shelves full of compact discs

Photo: WFIU

The Hon. Kim Beazley

I spent a long time in politics in Australia—I was twenty-seven years in the National Parliament. And lots of kids over the years have come to me and said, ‘Look, I’m interested in politics, I want to start in politics. What do I do?’ My first question to them is, ‘What do you believe? If you go into politics simply for a career, instead of doing it as part of your expression of your system of belief, you’ll become a dangerous person.’

Kim Beazley is the Australian ambassador to the United States. A longtime politician and diplomat, he served for twenty-seven years in the Australian House of Representatives.

Previously, he was leader of the Australian Labor Party and leader of the opposition. He was a minister under Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and served as deputy prime minister to Keating in 1995-96.

After he retired from the Australian parliament, he was appointed chancellor of the Australian National University. Beazley assumed his current post as ambassador in 2010.

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