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Australian Ambassador to Speak in Bloomington

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Indiana University Bloomington will host the Australian Ambassador to the U.S. next week. Kim Beazley will deliver a special lecture on the future of Australian-U.S. relations. He served 27 years in the Australian House of Representatives and also as chancellor of the Australian National University.

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April 1, 2011

News Release

Australian Ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Kim Beazley, will deliver a special lecture at Indiana University Bloomington on Thursday (April 7) on the future of Australian-U.S. relations. The lecture will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Lilly Library, 1200 E. Seventh St., and will be followed by a reception hosted by IU President Michael McRobbie.


A longtime politician and diplomat, Beazley served 27 years (1980-2007) in the Australian House of Representatives. He was leader of the Australian Labor Party and leader of the opposition from 1996 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006. Additionally, he was a minister under Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and served as deputy prime minister to Keating in 1995-96. He retired from the Parliament of Australia in 2007.

In July 2008 he was appointed chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Beazley assumed his current post as ambassador to the U.S. in February 2010.

He is expected to explore several questions during his lecture, including:

What direction will Australian-U.S. relations take in the coming decades?
How will the rise of countries such as China and India as regional, and indeed, global powers affect these bilateral relations?
What issues do the two countries currently face and what are likely to arise in the future.

WHAT: Special lecture on "Allies: Australian/American Relations in the Asian Century" by the Honorable Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the U.S. A reception hosted by IU President Michael McRobbie will follow the talk and allow participants to speak with Beazley and continue the conversation regarding the future of Australian-U.S. relations.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Source: Indiana University

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