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 …

Prime Minister Speech for White Ribbon Day 2009

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY I acknowledge the First Australians on whose land we meet, and whose cultures we celebrate as among the oldest continuing cultures in human history. I also acknowledge the excellent work of everyone involved with White Ribbon Day, particularly the White Ribbon Ambassadors here today, in raising the profile of the battle to end violence against women and …

Violence against Women Advisory Group

  Joint Media Release with the Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek The Australian Government today announced the members of the new Violence against Women Advisory Group. The Prime Minister announced at the White Tie Dinner in Sydney that the new Advisory Group will be chaired by Libby Lloyd AM. The other ten members of the Council are: …

Time for action to reduce violence against women and children

The Australian Government today released Time for Action, the major report of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. The report makes recommendations designed to tackle the unacceptable levels of sexual assault and domestic and family violence in Australia, and gives all governments and the community clear directions about helping Australian women live free of violence, …

Kevin Rudd’s Closing the Gap report speech to Parliament

I ACKNOWLEDGE the First Australians on whose lands we meet, and whose cultures we celebrate as the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Mr Speaker, a year ago, at the opening of the 42nd Parliament, I made a formal Apology to the indigenous peoples of Australia. In particular to the Stolen Generations. I did so on behalf of the Government …