Mr Beazley is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to taking up his appointment as Governor in May this year, he had a distinguished career of service to Australia as an academic, parliamentarian, Minister of the Crown, and Ambassador to Washington.

“We are pleased to have Mr Beazley accept our invitation to be the Patron for Perth Festival,” Mr Barrington said. “We look forward to working with him to promote the Festival’s impact on our State’s social and economic life and its important role in cultural tourism and diplomacy.”

Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980, and was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-1996) 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 was Ambassador to the United States of America from 2010 to 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 (Western 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.

Mr Beazley is married to Ms Susie Annus and has three daughters, Jessica, Hannah and Rachel.