Scholars Conversations – Kim Beazley

Last week we hosted a CONVERSATION with KIM BEAZLEY, former Labor leader and deputy Prime Minister of Australia, as part of the Leadership Program.

The session was enlightening, insightful and entertaining – a true demonstration of leadership authenticity! From stories about midnight conversations with Bob Hawke to Kim’s experiences with the US education system and his views on the upcoming US election and candidates, we covered a lot of ground.


Beazley’s consideration of Hawke and Keating through Bagehot’s lens of ‘ordinary people, extraordinary administrative capacity’ is definetely an interesting way to think about leadership styles…I’ll try and consider political personalities within this framework in the future.

– Jonathon Israel

Political leadership is about bringing people along with you in your endeavours, in working towards a vision in which all can share in benefits of its completion.

– Thomas Coltrona

It is important to understand your belief system so that you don’t just have a collection of opinions that lack cohesion.

– Libby Weeda

Hope to see you at the next Leaders Series Event on Wednesday 21 September from 5-7pm with Justice Carmel McClure QC, President of the Court of Appeal, at the UWA Law School. Eventbrite tickets will soon be available.

Also, save the date for the inspirED event (formerly ‘The Remarkable’s) on Tuesday 18 October from 5-730pm at BloomLab, UWA. Let us know if there are any Scholars and/or Alumni you’d particularly like to hear from at this.