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14 December - Kim Beazley, his "luck" was not with him

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:16 pm

Australian Birthday Today - Kim Christian Beazley AC, born 14 December 1948, Perth, Western Australia, is a former Australian politician and academic and a current diplomat. He is currently the Australian Ambassador to the United States.


    Kim’s mother,Betty Judge was a well known former Australian athletics champion and record-holder.

    At the age of six, Beazley contracted polio and was educated at Hollywood Senior High School.

    Kim followed in his father’s footsteps, Kim Beazley Snr, was the Labor MP forFremantle from 1945 to 1977 and education minister in the Whitlam Government (1972–75).

    Kim was recruited to Labor's right-wing faction byGraham Richardson and John Ducker before being elected MP for the seat of Swan at the 1980 election.

    Beazley became the head of the Labour party and in the October 1998 election, Labor polled a majority of the two-party vote and received the largest swing to a first-term opposition since 1934 against the Liberal Party. However, due to the uneven nature of the swing, Labor came up eight seats short of making Beazley Prime Minister.

    Again in the 2001 Election Kim again ran for the Prime Ministership but failed again and resigned the Labor leadership.

    On 13 December 2006 he announced that he would not stand for re-election at the 2007 federal election and stand down from politics.

    3 years later, Beazley was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) and was announced that he would be the new Australia's Ambassador to the United States of America.

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