The Albanese Government will recommend the Governor-General appoint Kim Beazley as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and fill the vacancy left by Brendan Nelson for at least the next three years.
FILE PHOTO (December 2021): Governor of Western Australia Kim Beazley inspects the troops at the Pilbara Regiment Colours Parade. Photo by Sergeant Gary Dixon.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said Mr Beazley was one of the longest-serving Defence ministers in Australia, with a lifelong passion for military matters.
“Mr Beazley is a recipient of Australia’s highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to the Parliament of Australia, but his influence extends well beyond that,” Mr Keogh said.
“Mr Beazley is known for his contributions to the development of government policies in the field of defence and international relations, as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
“He is a well-respected diplomat and former WA Governor.
“Kim will bring [a spirit of remembrance] to our nation’s most sacred memorial, intent on making sure Defence members, veterans and those who made the supreme sacrifice are properly and honourably remembered.”
Minister Keogh said during Mr Beazley’s term as Defence minister, he was responsible for the establishment of the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine program and he had continued to work closely with the veteran community as the Patron of RSL WA.
“I congratulate Mr Beazley on his appointment,” Minister Keogh said.
Dr Nelson will conclude his position at the Australian War Memorial on 30 November 2022 and Mr Beazley will fill that vacancy for a period of three years.