Tough Talk on North Korea

BBC World Service 8 February 2015 KEVIN RUDD: I think we are looking at a step change. We’ve been on the railway tracks, if you like, towards a crisis for some time now. But if you stand back from it all and see this as the fourth North Korean nuclear test in a decade, when we look at the nature …

Statement on the Death of Wayne Goss

Monday, 10 November 2014 Queensland has lost a great man, a great leader and one whom history will conclude was its greatest post-war Premier. He changed the face of Queensland, how Queenslanders looked at themselves, and how the rest of the nation saw Queensland. Had Wayne Goss contented himself with a private and not a public life – as his …

Statement on the Death of E. G. Whitlam

Tuesday, 21 October History is littered with ordinary politicians. E. G. Whitlam was an extraordinary political leader. And statesman. He stands as an exemplar for us all. This great man has left an indelible mark on Australia. An indelible mark for the good. And Australia will always be the better for it. In his character lay a deep blend of …

Media Release: Kevin Rudd, Former Australian PM, to Head Asia Society Policy Institute

NEW YORK, October 21, 2014 Asia Society announced today that the Honorable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will serve as the first President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. The Institute, launched this year, is designed to bring Asia to the forefront of global policymaking, advancing innovative thinking on major issues from Asian and American perspectives alike. The …

Media Release – Kevin Rudd to Chair Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM)

New York, USA Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will chair the newly launched Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM). The Commission will be co-chaired by Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway, and John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada. The Commission will be a comprehensive two year program, with the objective of identifying policy proposals to enhance the multilateral system’s ability …

Building U.S.-China Relations through Language and Culture

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 8 May 2014 – National Chinese Language Conference   KEVIN RUDD: Well thank you very much Josette for those kind and exaggerated words. (CHINESE) And for non-Chinese speakers in the audience this evening that is simply saying that Ancient China has a great saying, which is, “There is nothing on earth to fear… there is one thing …