The Australian: Church has a vital role, but a limited one

By Kevin Rudd. We still hear calls to “keep religion out of politics”, echoed presently by our Prime Minister, who professes a deep Pentecostal faith and is content to be photographed in worship at election time, but refuses to discuss publicly how his concept of Christian ethics inform his politics. It needn’t be like that. The Gospel is both a …

ABC Radio National Breakfast: Kevin Rudd on Scott Morrison’s handling of nuclear subs deal

  23 September 2021 – ABC Radio National Scott Morrison We understand the disappointment, and that is the way you manage difficult issues. It’s a difficult decision. It’s a very difficult decision. And of course, we had to weigh up, what would be the the obvious disappointment to France. But at the end of the day, as a government, we …

The Guardian: Paris has a long memory – Scott Morrison’s cavalier treatment of France will hurt Australia

By Kevin Rudd. Scott Morrison’s determination to put political spin over national security substance in welcoming a new era of nuclear submarines (now to be brought to you exclusively from the Anglosphere) has undermined one of our most enduring and important global relationships – namely the French Republic. While the prime minister’s office would have been delighted with the television …

Le Monde: Canberra’s decision on submarines deepens strategic tensions in Southeast Asia

Written by Kevin Rudd. It is unusual for a former prime minister of a country to criticise the decisions of a successor prime minster in the opinion pages of a foreign newspaper. While I have long-been fiercely critical of the current conservative government of Australia in our domestic political debate on the overall direction of our country’s foreign policy, in …

Wall Street Journal: What Explains Xi’s Pivot to the State?

Written by Kevin Rudd. Something is happening in China that the West doesn’t understand. In recent months Beijing killed the country’s $120 billion private tutoring sector and slapped hefty fines on tech firms Tencent and Alibaba. Chinese executives have been summoned to the capitol to “self-rectify their misconduct” and billionaires have begun donating to charitable causes in what President Xi …

SMH: Morrison’s China ‘strategy’ makes us less, not more, secure

Every now and then, it’s useful to stop and ask the basic questions. Questions like: How do submarines actually contribute to our national security? And now, it seems, nuclear-powered submarines at that. The fundamental national security responsibilities of any government are to maintain our territorial integrity, political sovereignty and economic prosperity from external aggression. In Australia’s case, submarines form a …