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Kim Beazley

Personal data
Date of birth14 December 1948(age 68)
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Balliol College, Oxford
Australian Ambassador to the
United States
Assumed officeFebruary 2010
Preceded byDennis Richardson
Leader of the Opposition
Elections: 1998, 2001
In office1996 - 2001
Succeeded bySimon Crean
Preceded byJohn Howard
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office2005 - 2006
Prime ministerPaul Keating
Succeeded byKevin Rudd
Preceded byMark Latham
ConstituencySwan (1980 1996)
Brand (1996 2007)

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Kim Christian Beazley, AC (born 14 December 1948) is an Australian politician, diplomat and academic. He is currently the Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Beazley previously served in the Australian House of Representatives from 1980 to 2007. He was leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 2001 and from 2005 2006. He led Labor during its 1998 and 2001 election defeats. He was a minister under Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and served as the Deputy Prime Minister to Keating in 1995 1996. He retired from Parliament at the 2007 election when Labor won government under his successor, Kevin Rudd.


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