Opinion: what unique offering will Kim Beazley bring as WA Governor?

Premier Mark McGowan with incoming WA Governor Kim Beazley.
Premier Mark McGowan with incoming WA Governor Kim Beazley.

WHEN Kim Beazley was announced as the 33rd Governor of WA this week, questions about his political and personal alliances were thrown his way but some important questions remain unanswered.

His republican views, outspoken opinions on international issues, alliance with the Labor Party and personal relationship with Brian Burke were also cast in the spotlight.

Mr Beazley comfortably stated that all political alliances would be put to the side over the next four years as he represented Her Majesty and the people of WA as their Governor.

He confirmed that Mr Burke was a lifelong friend – Mr Beazley’s dad was best man at Mr Burke’s dad’s wedding – and the pair would not discuss official business.

“I will not lose my political conviction but I have to set them to one side,” Mr Beazley said.

But we left the announcement not knowing whether Mr Beazley would be bringing a beloved family pet to Government House.

Can we expect grandchildren to be enjoying the Government House gardens on weekends and holidays?

How much will the on-site pool be used?

Mr Beazley confirmed that he and his wife would be relocating from their South Perth home to the city centre but it would take some time to dismantle the family home and recreate it at Government House.

When the McCuskers moved to Government House in 2011, Perth was delighted that their children, including a two-year-old Mary, would enjoy the property.

Then Kerry Sanderson became the first female West Australian Governor.

The question is, what unique offering will Mr Beazley bring to the position?

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