Women must be central to global aid efforts

A crisis of truly biblical proportions now faces the international community in the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people — over half the population of Australia — are in need of urgent help because of famine and drought. In July, I visited Somalia and saw first-hand this looming catastrophe. It was clear to me that if the international …

An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference – delivering real results

Australia’s global and regional engagement is broad. We are alert to challenges to our security — state based, or in other forms such as terrorism. We are alert to the challenges to our economy — through the instability of the global financial system, the increasing interconnectedness of global trade and investment. We are deeply engaged in responding to threats to …

Speech to mark the opening of Australia’s Embassy in Addis Ababa

I am delighted to be here in Africa. I am delighted to be here in Addis Ababa. As Australia looks west across the Indian Ocean, our engagement with South Asia, the Gulf States and the continent of Africa continues to deepen. For Australia is as much a country in the Indian Ocean region as we are in the Pacific. So …

The Importance of Aid Effectiveness

In the past 20 years we have witnessed one of the most rapid reductions in poverty in history. Progress in China and India has helped lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. However, if we exclude those two countries, our eyes are opened afresh to the sheer scale of global poverty that continues today. One billion people still live in …

Rudd announces foreign aid overhaul

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a sweeping overhaul of Australia’s foreign aid program, promising more transparency and the phasing out of direct aid to India and China. Mr Rudd says the Government will accept all but one of the recommendations of a major independent review of foreign aid, including doubling the AusAID cooperation program with non-government organisations and increasing …

Speech to the opening conference of the National Security College

Prime Minister Speech to the opening conference of the National Security College Australian National University Canberra 27 May 2010 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY I am pleased to be here today, speaking to a joint audience – the opening conference of the National Security College, and the second meeting of the National Security Senior Leadership Forum. I spoke to the first National …

International Women’s Day

Prime Minister Minister for the Status of Women International Women’s Day Hobart 8 March 2010 International Women’s Day celebrates progress towards gender equality and allows us to focus on the work still to be done to fully value the contribution of women to all areas of Australian life. The Australian Government is determined to make real progress in advancing the …

Rudd pays for avoiding recession

Years ago a central banker explained to me that, in his bank’s efforts to keep the economy from being blown off track, it was never a good thing to be too successful. Really, I said, why not? Because if you’re too successful at eliminating evidence that the economy had a problem, it won’t be long before people are questioning why …

Stars show pride in same-sex law reform

Some famous Australian faces have launched an awareness campaign about same-sex law reforms, but they say there is still plenty of work to be done. Celebrities both gay and straight today gathered on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to launch the Wear it with Pride campaign. Singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Professor Kerryn Phelps were among the personalities in …

PM proves an Australian winner in a defining year

Mr Rudd rose to the challenge of the financial crisis. IT is not the first time The Weekend Australian has chosen a serving prime minister as its Australian of the Year. Kevin Rudd — named today as the 2009 winner — joins predecessors John Howard, selected in 2001, and Malcolm Fraser (1977). Nor is it the first time a prime …