Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Hon Kim Beazley AC sworn in as Western Australia’s 33rd Governor

    1/05/2018 6:30 PM
    • Hon Kim Beazley AC officially sworn in as 33rd Governor of Western Australia
    • Governor Beazley brings a wealth of experience to the role and will advocate fiercely for Western Australia on national and international stages  

    The Honourable Kim Beazley AC has officially been sworn in as the 33rd Governor of Western Australia, at a ceremony hosted in the Government House ballroom.


    Premier Mark McGowan and his wife Sarah McGowan were joined by Chief Justice Wayne Martin and Leader of the Opposition Mike Nahan, in welcoming Mr Beazley to the role.


    The Hon. Mr Beazley brings extensive knowledge in the defence industry and a wealth of international experience to the role, and will advocate fiercely for Western Australia on the national and international stages.


    Governor Beazley has had a stellar career, spending almost three decades in Federal Parliament as the Member for Swan and later Brand, and has served as Deputy Prime Minister, Special Minister of State and Minister for Defence.


    After retiring from politics, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia and held several prestigious academic and diplomat roles including as Chancellor of the Australian National University and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America.


    He was also awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to the Australian Parliament, to the community and as an advocate for indigenous people.


    Born in Perth, Governor Beazley has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from The University of Western Australia. He has also completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Notre Dame WA and Murdoch University.


    Mr Beazley is married to Susie Annus, a former television producer, and has three daughters - Jessica, Hannah and Rachel.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Congratulations to the Honourable Kim Beazley AC on being sworn in as Western Australia's 33rd Governor.


    "Governor Beazley brings extensive knowledge of the defence industry and a wealth of international experience to the role.


    "He has a stellar track record of working hard on behalf of Western Australians and I'm sure he will continue this in his new role.


    "Thank you to outgoing Governor Kerry Sanderson AC for her hard work and dedication over the past three and a half years. I wish her every success in her future endeavours."      


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