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Kevin Rudd

Australian politician Kevin Rudd replaced his former deputy Julia Gillard as prime minister and leader of the Labor Party on 27 June 2013. Rudd previously served as prime minister from 2007 to 2010 and leader of the Labor Party from 2006 to 2010. A former diplomat and Chinese-speaker, Rudd is the first former Australian prime minister to return to office since Robert Menzies in 1949.

The political legacy of Kevin Rudd

We cannot recall many political leaders who were able to lead their party back into power after a decade in the wilderness, save their country from recession and job losses in the global financial crisis with fearless stimulus measures, give the elderly their biggest pension rise ever and democratise the country's oldest political party with reforms that gave rank-and-file members a say in who leads it. That is from the CV of Kevin Rudd, former Australian Labor Party leader and prime minister. Yet he has just quit national politics at age 56 because he has no future in it. Sadly, he exhausted a huge fund of goodwill from the party and public.

Monday, 18 November, 2013, 4:37am 1 comment

'Bastard' Kevin Rudd gets earful from ex-Australian minister Nicola Roxon

Australia's former attorney general has launched a scathing attack on Labor colleague and ex-prime minister Kevin Rudd, calling him a rude and disorganised "bastard" who should quit parliament.

17 Oct 2013 - 9:38pm

Pressure builds on Kevin Rudd to quit Australian politics

Pressure was building yesterday on defeated Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to quit politics, with senior figures within his Labor Party saying he would be a destabilising influence.

11 Sep 2013 - 3:11am

Australia’s Rudd battles Murdoch press

Rupert Murdoch’s clout in Britain and the United States might have diminished, but in Australia he dominates the media landscape, playing a prominent role in undermining Kevin Rudd’s dream of retaining power, analysts say.

3 Sep 2013 - 4:26pm

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd defends gay marriage

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has mounted a spirited defence of same-sex marriage only days out from Australian elections.

Rudd announced in May that he had reconsidered his opposition to same-sex marriage, and he promised to hold a Parliamentary vote on allowing gay couples to marry within 100 days if his centre-left Labor Party wins the election.

4 Sep 2013 - 4:17am

Australia PM Kevin Rudd says warships could be moved north

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday that key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.

27 Aug 2013 - 2:37pm

Australia’s Rudd says he is far from ‘dead and buried’

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Thursday he was nowhere near being “dead and buried” after a debate in which election rival Tony Abbott asked: “Does this guy ever shut up."

23 Aug 2013 - 5:32am

Murdoch says Rudd ‘all over the place’ in Australia poll

Media baron Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday threw his support firmly behind the conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott ahead of Australia’s upcoming election, saying Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was “all over the place”.

20 Aug 2013 - 4:50pm

Tony Abbott's slip-up offers dose of humour in Australian poll campaign

In a gaffe that has attracted plenty of media attention in the heat of Australia's election campaign, opposition leader Tony Abbott told a gathering of conservative party faithful that no one is "the suppository of all wisdom".

13 Aug 2013 - 2:30am

Australian election about safeguarding economy, says Rudd in debate

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott went head-to-head yesterday in the first debate of the election campaign, an encounter which focused on the economy and divided viewers.

12 Aug 2013 - 5:19am