Prior to being installed as Governor on 1 May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.
Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980, and in 1993 became a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments holding various portfolios. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1996, and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition 1996 to 2001, and 2005 to 2006.
Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America from February 2010 to January 2016. Upon returning to Australia he was appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (2016-17), Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue (2016-18), Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and a Director and Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.
Mr Beazley was born in Perth. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 1973 and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Murdoch University.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.