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Speakers for 2018


The Hon. Kim Beazley, AC

Mr Beazley is the 33rd and current Governor of Western Australia

The Hon. Kim Beazley AC was sworn in on the 1st of May 2018 as the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Mr Beazley was born in Perth, Western Australia and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. In 1973, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University.

Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State.

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.

The Honorable Governor is husband to Ms Susie Annus and a father to three daughters.



Dr John Dickson (PhD)

John is an accomplished author, historian, speaker, media presenter, and pastor.

John’s story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, senior pastor, and media presenter. He has published 15 books, two of which have become television documentaries, with a third being shown in cinemas this year across Australia. John teaches a course on the Historical Jesus at the University of Sydney, where he also researches the origins of Christianity in the Roman empire.

During 2017 and 2018, John is also a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, John strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith in secularising times.

At nine-years-old, John lost his father in an air disaster, so he is mindful of the sorrows and doubts of our world. He values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life.


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