Address to the Tsinghua-Carnegie Global Dialogue

4 December 2013 Different Approaches to Building a New Great Power Relationship between China and the United States   I would like to congratulate both Tsinghua University and the Carnegie Endowment for convening this inaugural global dialogue here in Beijing. I have spoken at Tsinghua before, as I have at Carnegie in Washington. I understand the priority which both President Chen …

Address to Peking University – The psychology and anatomy of a new model of great power relations

1 November 2013 I should begin my remarks today in Beijing by stating my absolute condemnation for the terrorist event in Tiananmen Square earlier this week. Any terrorist attack is an attack on our common civilisation. Whatever its political motivations, terrorism is a form of mass murder. It deserves, therefore, condemnation from all peoples around the world. I wish also …

Australia, you don’t know how good you’ve got it

While other countries fell into the global recession, Australia maintained strong economic growth, low government debt and a triple-A credit rating. With this record, you might expect the federal election to be focused on how to convert the strength of today’s economy into resilience for the future. But instead the political spotlight has fallen on the perceived problem of government …

Opening of the ASIO National Headquarters

TUE 23 JULY 2013 Prime Minister Canberra CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY [ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OMITTED] In my first National Security Statement to the Parliament five years ago, I said that the first priority of government was the nation’s security. Much has changed since then in the national security landscape. What has not changed is the resolve of our government in responding to the …

Speech at 50th anniversary of Yirrkala bark petitions

WED 10 JULY 2013 Prime Minister Yirrkala CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OMITTED  I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gumatj and Rirratjingu clans of the Yolngu people, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. Fifty years ago, in this small community, in this remote part of paradise, two …

Kevin Rudd announces Ministry with record number of women

Changes to the Ministry MON 01 JULY 2013 Prime Minister Canberra Today I announce changes to the Cabinet and Ministry that I will recommend to Her Excellency the Governor-General. The team I am announcing today are a strong, smart and experienced group of people who will continue to deliver the great work that this Government is doing. This is a …

Resilient People Resilient Planet – the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

The UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon established the 22-member High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity. On 30 January 2012, the GSP released its report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”. The Panel’s vision is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and make growth inclusive, and production …