Government removes same-sex discrimination

The Rudd government has finished its one-year anniversary by honouring an election commitment to remove discrimination against same-sex couples from a wide range of federal laws. The federal parliament on Monday approved changes to superannuation laws that allow same-sex couples to leave entitlements to their partner or children upon death. The Senate also agreed to a bill to extend the …

Speech to the UN on Global Financial Crisis

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia United Nations, New York 26 September 2008 We gather together at a time of great challenge to the international system. A challenge that reminds us afresh that we live in a world where our interdependence is now greater than at any time before. An interdependence that therefore demands our international cooperation now, more than …

Reforming the Australian Public Service

Address to Heads of Agencies and Members of Senior Executive Service Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra 30 April 2008 I begin this morning by honouring the traditional owners of this land on which the Parliament now sits. Thank you for the efforts that each of you have made to attend this morning. I know that your workload has been unusually …

Address to International Women’s Day Morning Tea

Women of Australia, one and all. Thank you Tanya and thank you Jenny. And as for the tie by the way, when you make any reference to my tie I always watch to see Therese flinch because it is usually not to do about the colour it is to whether I am wearing one that is stained or not. It …

Australia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol

Australia has ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in his first act after being sworn in this morning. The ratification will come into force in 90 days. “This is the first official act of the new Australian Government, demonstrating my Government’s commitment to tackling climate change,” Mr Rudd said …