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 …

HOWARD’S BRUTOPIA

The battle of ideas in Australian politics (Originally published in The Monthly, November 2006) BY KEVIN RUDD In the October issue of The Monthly, I discussed how right-wing Christian extremism has become John Howard’s religious handmaiden in his political project to reshape Australia. I argued, too, that the campaigns of the religious Right were one front among many in Howard’s …