Kim Beazley Sr (1917 – 2007) Federal Labor politician
His deep Christian conviction led Kim Beazley Sr to be concerned with improving the lives of the poor. He made a decision, “to concern myself daily with the challenge of how to live out God’s will and to turn the searchlight of absolute honesty on to my motives”.
Former WA premier Geoff Gallop said he would never forget, as a student, listening to Mr Beazley Sr speak about Aboriginal rights.
“The focus tended to be on his contribution to education, but I think in many ways he was the Labor politician from WA who put Aboriginal rights on the agenda,” he said.
Mr Beazley Sr was a moderate labourist with strong Christian views in the days of Left-wing rule of the Labor Party. But he stuck to his principles.
Premier Alan Carpenter said Mr Beazley Sr “was for many years the only bright light from WA in the federal arena”.
Federal Labor MP and former WA party secretary Bob McMullan said: “The lesson we took from him was that you could have a long career in politics and still maintain your respect and achieve outcomes”.
– refer also
Condolence Speeches for Hon. Kim Edward Beazley AO
Parliament House, Canberra
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Tribute to the late Kim Beazley Sr
John Barich, President of the Australian Family Association, Western Australia
The Australian Family Association is saddened by the death of Kim Beazley Sr. It will be difficult to replace him as our national patron of many years and as a friend to those who worked with him.
Kim Beazley Sr
Refer also, Reverend Sydney Colin Beazley of the Methodist Mission and the sinking of the Montevideo Maru : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/the-missionary-martyrs-of-the-montevideo-maru/ Sydney Colin Beazley, was a Carpenter Missionary, born in 1909 at Northam, Western Australia, (son of Alfred Beazley and Mary Wright) brother of Kim Edward Beazley. http://australianchristianmartyrs.blogspot.com.au/2011_08_01_archive.html
Kim Beazley Sr. famously said way back in 1970: “When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now all I see are the dregs of the middle class. And what I want to know is when you middle class perverts are going to stop using the Labor Party as a spiritual spitoon.”
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