Address to the National Apology Breakfast, Sydney

Address on the 12th Anniversary of the National Apology to Indigenous Australians The Honourable Kevin Rudd, AC Parliament House, Sydney, 13 February 2020 The Future of “Closing the Gap” I begin by acknowledging the first Australians, our First Nations, on whose lands we meet and whose cultures we celebrate as the oldest continuing cultures in human history. It is an …

Our 2020 Summit was a great success

This article was first published in ‘The Australian’ on 12 February 2020 By Kevin Rudd When I was a boy, I had the misfortune of contracting rheumatic fever. It was a dreadful experience, but it was survivable. For a few decades at least. When I was 33, we learned the damage to my aortic valve meant that it had to …

Australia, Climate Change and the Complacent Country

The Hon Kevin Rudd, AC 26th Prime Minister of Australia Address to The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia Sydney, 12 February, 2020   In 2007, I called climate change the greatest economic, environmental and moral challenge of our generation. I made no apology for it then. I make no apology for it now. It remains my position today. I …

How Iraq was handed to Iran

This article was originally published in The Australian Financial Review on 10 January 2020. By Kevin Rudd The world has spent much of the last week holding its breath following the Trump administration’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, the external wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. For close observers of the region, it was arguably the …

Future Directions for Australia-China Relations

My reason for accepting Peter Hartcher’s invitation to speak at the release of his essay today was that, given the current state of the fetid debate on Australia-China relations (in fact, more often like a screaming match than a debate), I thought it might be useful to offer my own personal perspectives on the past, present and future of the …

Letter to ‘Bring Julian Assange Home Queensland’

This letter was sent to Peter Pyke of Bring Julian Assange Home Queensland on 25 November 2019. Dear Peter, Thank you for your invitation to attend the Bring Julian Assange Home Queensland Network event on Wednesday night in Brisbane. I am unfortunately unable to attend as I will be working overseas. While I hold serious reservations about Mr Assange’s character …

Myth-making around the NBN is finally exposed

Telstra’s bullying prompted government step in to build broadband. Then the Coalition made a mess of that too. Article originally published in The Australian Financial Review on 24 October 2019 By Kevin Rudd Original article here In business as in politics, the truth will always out. We caught a glimpse of this at last week’s Telstra annual general meeting when …

Kevin Rudd on Climate Change, Global Development, and US-China Trade Tensions

Interview with the IMF’s Finance and Development Magazine, Original Article Available Here Article Published in the October 2019 Edition. F&D’s Rahim Kanani interviews Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister and current president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, on tackling climate change, leveraging public and private capital to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and assessing the global …