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Donald Trump’s victory and the impact on Australia

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 6:30pm AEST


Presented by AIIA National President, The Hon Kim Beazley, AC FAIIA

Donald Trump’s shock victory in the US elections will have far-reaching implications for Australia. He has pledged to pursue protectionist trade policies and take a harder line with China. All of this will mean a bumpy ride for this country, given our dependence on exports and close economic relationship with China. Kim Beazley has deep insights into this country’s relationship with its most important ally, having served as Deputy Prime Minister and as Australian Ambassador to the United States of America from 2010 to 2016. As the guest speaker for the AIIA Queensland Annual Dinner 2016, he will provide expert commentary on the most radical political shift in modern American history.

About the speaker

Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007).

Mr Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06). Mr Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.

Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and Co-chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

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 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 an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia). He is married and has three daughters.

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Event Details

Brisbane City Hall Ithica Room

Date / Time
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 6:30pm AEST

Australian Institute of International Affairs Queensland Branch

Registration Open
Tuesday 4th October 2016 9:50am AEST

Registration Close
Friday 18th November 2016 3:00pm AEST

Event registration has closed, on Friday 18th November 2016 3:00pm AEST.