Kim Beazley appointed Chair of War Memorial Council

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Matt Keogh, has announced that former Defence Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Governor of Western Australia, and Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley has been appointed as the new Chair of the Council of the Australian War Memorial. He succeeds Brendan Nelson, who has gone off to a big job in London with leading arms manufacturer, Boeing International.

The Minister’s presser has not yet appeared on his website but will do so in due course. Meanwhile, here’s the text below. In other news, Mr Beazley has kindly provided a puff for Dr Nelson’s recently-released autobiography.

Government News story. Other media were essentially ‘rip and read’ of the Minister’s presser.

2 December 2022 updated

Beazley elected Chair of Australian War Memorial Council
2 December, 2022
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC has been appointed as Chair of the Australian War Memorial Council.

Mr Beazley, a former Labor Leader, Defence Minister and Governor of Western Australia first served as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial from July 2009 to December 2009 – leaving the position to take up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America.

The Memorial welcomed Mr Beazley back to Council in October this year, following the departure of former Chair, Dr Brendan Nelson, AO.

“I am pleased to congratulate Mr Kim Beazley on his appointment as Chair of the Australian War Memorial Council,” Director Matt Anderson said.

“Mr Beazley is one of the longest serving Defence Ministers of this nation and he has an in-depth knowledge of military history.”

“Given his impeccable record during his years of public service, including as Governor of Western Australia, Ambassador to the United States and a distinguished career in politics and academia, Mr Beazley will make a valuable contribution in leading the Council as our new Chair.”

“He has an obvious and long held passion for supporting Australian veterans and for our current service men and women and I am sure his empathy and intellect will shine through in his leadership of Council.”

“I look forward to preserving and sharing the stories of Australian service with Mr Beazley as we deliver the Memorial Development project, together.”

Mr Beazley was elected Chair by his fellow members of the Australian War Memorial Council.

In October, the Albanese Government recommended the Governor-General appoint the Hon Kim Beazley AC as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

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