Former politician and IT business leader awarded honorary degrees

September 16, 2016

Murdoch University awarded the Hon Kim Beazley AC with an honorary doctorate.Murdoch University proudly presented honorary degrees to a former senior politician and an IT business leader at its graduation ceremonies this week.

Former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Kim Beazley AC and Jim Ellis OAM, founder of Westinfo Services, received the honours at ceremonies on Wednesday and Thursday nights respectively.

Mr Beazley is best known for his lifetime commitment to international politics and defence. He served as a parliamentarian for 27 years, representing electorates in Perth’s outer suburbs, and serving as a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. He was also Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition.

Most recently he served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

Mr Beazley also worked as a tutor and lecturer in politics at Murdoch from 1976 to 1980. On Wednesday he returned to campus to hold a policy seminar for Murdoch students and staff to discuss Australia’s relationship with the US.

In nominating Mr Beazley for the honorary degree, Professor Ben Reilly, Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, said he was one of Australia’s most significant political figures.

"Kim’s role in national politics included influential periods as Defence Minister under the Hawke government, where he pioneered reform of Australia's security strategy and drove the incorporation of the Indian Ocean into Australian defence doctrine,” said Professor Reilly.

Professor Garry Rodan, from Murdoch’s Asia Research Centre, said Mr Beazley had sought to enrich and support university education, serving as Chancellor of the Australian National University and as Winthrop Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia.

IT business leader Jim Ellis was awarded an honorary degree from Murdoch  Mr Ellis has worked in the information technology industry for almost 50 years, and has made influential contributions to the IT profession, community and educational sectors nationally and in WA.

He founded the WA Information and Telecommunications Technology Awards in 1991 and worked as its chair for 12 years. He has also served as Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australian Computer Society Foundation, which provides scholarships to IT students in the university and VET sectors.

As an Adjunct Professor in IT since 2006, and chair of the IT Industry Advisory Panel to the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Mr Ellis is also a valued contributor, mentor and program advisor to Murdoch University staff and students.

In his address to graduates during Thursday evening’s ceremony, Mr Ellis highlighted the recent successes of Murdoch students and a Murdoch alumni in the national ICT awards, known as the iAwards. Mr Ellis was chief judge at the iAwards from 2010 to 2013.

“What a tremendous achievement, and one that shows that Murdoch is truly leading ICT developments, not just in the state, but right across Australia,” he said.

Mr Ellis also advised graduates to find balance in the differing dimensions of their lives, and said that all problems in life and business had solutions.

“We will all encounter successes and failures in our lives; we just need to learn and benefit from them – especially the failures!” he said.

Print This Post Print This Post

Leave a comment

You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published.

Thanks for commenting!