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Kevin Rudd

About Kevin Rudd

Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957) was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia and federal leader of the centre-left Australian Labor Party.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's has picked him in her new cabinet and appointed him as the Foreign Affairs Minister. However, Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop, said the decision to appoint Rudd as foreign minister could put the country's relations with the outside world at risk. Many experts raised concerns saying he would be a risky choice for the job as he had damaged relations with key international partners while in power.

Personal Biography

In January 2010, his nephew got involved in a bizarre Ku Klux Klan anti-racism protest outside the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park.

Professional Biography

As Australian Prime Minister

In March 09, Rudd said Australia will begin an emissions trading scheme in the middle of 2010. He welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who was on his maiden official visit to Australia.

On July 09, Rudd's office made a statement that his acceptance of a utility vehicle provided to him by a Ipswich car dealer John Grant is not a breach of the requirement (code of ministerial conduct) that restricts / prevents ministers from accepting gifts.

In July 09, he blamed Howard agreement reached by former premier John Howard and the Chinese government for limiting his governments access to Rio Tintos detained GM, Stern Hu.

In October 09, he made plans to double the size of Christmas Island detention centre with his government expecting more asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka.

Foreign policy - US

In May 09, Rudd said that US is incapable of protecting Australia anymore and that the supremacy of US has begun to fade. He said that Australias new defense plan prepares the countrys forces to be less reliant on America.

Foreign policy - Other countries

In April 09, he condemned Fiji emergency saying that the move would turn the great country into a military dictatorship.

In September 09, he said the international community needs to take a realistic approach to the elections in Afghanistan.

In October 09, he flew to Jakarta to attend the inauguration of Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

In April 2010, he said the freeze on refugee claims by Sri Lankan and Afghans can be revisited and reviewed, but for now, would remain in place.

2008/09 Economic crisis

In March 09, Rudd asked Banks to cut fees after reports said Banks are charging some of the biggest banking costs.

OzCar affair

Turnbull said of an email that is allegedly being sent by Rudd to the Treasurer that he prefers Queensland dealer John Grant priority in a government assistance program for car dealers. Rudd has called in both the Australian Federal Police and the auditor-general to investigate the issue. Rudd said Turnbull has 24 hours to provide to parliament the authentication of the email on which the entire case against himself, the treasurer and the government was based. Rudd said Turnbull, if failed to produce the email has to stand up in Parliament apologise and resign. On June 20, 2009, Turnbull admitted that he had never seen the mysterious email.

Attacks on Indians in Australia - 2009/10

Describing the attacks on Indians in Australia as regrettable, Rudd said he believed such incidents should be kept in context.

Other Professional Information

Kevin Rudd in News

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Australians Feeling Confident as They Head Into Federal Election... and They're Not the Only Ones
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Fury at Gillard's decision to snub London Olympic, fund-raising event invitations
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has disappointed the country's Olympic chief and athletes by turning down invitations to the London Olympics and the team's key fund-raising event.

Bob Carr replaces Kevin Rudd as Australia's new foreign minister
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appointed Bob Carr as the country's foreign minister in her latest cabinet reshuffle.

Gillard wins Labor leadership vote against Rudd
Former Austrlian foreign minister Kevin Rudd has pledged his loyalty to Prime Minister Julia Gillard after his failed leadership push.

Rudd confirms move to challenge to Oz PM Gillard in Feb 27 leadership ballot
Former Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that he will contest the February 27 leadership ballot, saying he wants to finish the job he began.

Oz Govt. crisis deepens with Gillard calling for party leadership vote next Monday
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for a Labor Party leadership vote next Monday, deepening the crisis in her government that arose with the resignation of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday.

Kevin Rudd resigns as Australia's Foreign Minister
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has stepped down after "attacks on his credibility".

Kevin Rudd's swearing YouTube video becomes instant Internet hit
A video posted on YouTube, under the title "Happy Little Vegemite", which features Kevin Rudd swearing at the camera, has become an instant Internet sensation.

Australia maintains' studious silence' on legality of Bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad
The Australian government has maintained its silence on the legality of former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's killing by US special forces on May 2, 2011.

Rudd 'needs to accept' he can't return as Oz PM: Federal Minister
Australian Minister Simon Crean has said that Kevin Rudd and his upporters must accept that he cannot become the prime minister again.

Rudd is Australia's preferred leader to PM Gillard
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's popularity has received a new boost with a new poll placing him as Labor's best hope for survival in Australia.

Daughter 'heartbroken' over Kevin Rudd's axing as PM in 2010
Kevin Rudd's daughter Jessica has maintained her rage over at the betrayal on her father's axing as Australian Prime Minister in 2010.

Kevin Rudd's 'master blender' emerges as perfect cup of Australian tea
Kevin Rudd, who used his family, staff and even pets as guinea pigs, has launched the soon-to-be classic Australian blend of Twinings tea.

Family overjoyed at return of Oz man lashed 75 times for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia
A 45-year-old Australian is finally heading home from Saudi Arabia where he was sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in jail for blasphemy.

Australia should not wait for UK Queen to die to become a great country: Ex-PM
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has said that Australia can never be a great country while a foreigner is head of state and the flag of another nation resides on the Australian flag.

Australian man in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 500 lashes for blasphemy
An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison in Saudi Arabia for religious offences.

Pakistan's absence from Bonn Conference on Afghanistan 'regrettable': Rudd
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has termed Pakistan's absence from the Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan as regrettable.

'Humiliated' Kevin Rudd planning to challenge Oz PM Gillard
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is preparing to challenge current Prime Minister Julia Gillard within few months.

Australia did not object to US pursuit of Assange
Declassified cables have revealed that Australian diplomats raised no objections to the U.S. pursuit of whistle blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on charges of espionage and conspiracy.

Australia denies backing trilateral security pact with India, US
Australia has firmly denied any prospect of pushing for a joint security pact with India and the US.

Rudd dismisses China concerns on augmenting Australia-US military ties
Canberra, Nov 18(ANI): Australia has rejected concerns that augmenting its military ties with the US could anger China. Canberra, Nov 18(ANI): Australia has rejected concerns that augmenting its military ties with the US could anger China.

Gillard didn't consider it important to discuss 'party matter' uranium sale to India with Rudd
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that she didn't have to consult Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd over her decision to lift a ban on selling uranium to India, because it was a party matter.

Australian PM Gillard determined to go ahead with uranium exports to India
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard seems bent on taking on all disbelievers in her country and going ahead with uranium exports to India.

India unaware of any proposal on trilateral pact with US and Australia: MEA
Amid reports that Australia has given the thumbs up to a proposal for a trilateral security dialogue with India and US, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that India is unaware of any proposal on trilateral pact with US and Australia.

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