New governor for WA

By Tom Ravlic

April 5, 2022

Chris Dawson
WA police commissioner Chris Dawson will be the 34th governor of the state. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

WA police commissioner Chris Dawson will be the 34th governor of the state following almost half a century of service in law enforcement.

Dawson’s appointment, announced by premier Mark McGowan yesterday, brings to a close Kim Beazley’s time in the role as governor in that state.

Beazley, a former member of the federal parliament who served almost 30 years in a range of roles, including that of a minister and also leader of the opposition, was appointed governor in 2018. His term ends on June 30.

McGowan thanked Beazley for his contribution during his time as governor of the state.

“When I announced Kim Beazley’s appointment as our state’s 33rd governor, I said at the time that he was a natural leader, a true asset to WA and someone who will advocate in the best interests of the state,” McGowan said.

“I am proud to say that governor Beazley fulfilled that promise and so much more. Mr Beazley has conducted himself in the role with dignity and grace. He has provided wise counsel to government, especially during the difficult years of the pandemic.”

McGowan also thanked Beazley’s successor in the statement issued to announce the new governor for contributing to law enforcement in the state.

“Chris Dawson is a decorated police officer who is highly respected in Western Australia and beyond. His sense of duty and commitment to the people of this state make him a standout appointment as the 34th governor of Western Australia,” McGowan said.

“His unwavering diligence and attention to detail during the pandemic have played an instrumental role in steering our state through what has been one of the most challenging times in our history.

Dawson was also given praise by McGowan for his role in helping the Western Australian vaccine rollout.

“I want to particularly thank him for his role as vaccine commander, which helped drive Western Australia’s path towards achieving the highest vaccination rates in Australia and one of the highest anywhere in the world,” McGowan said.


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