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Kevin Rudd

Personal data
Date of birth21 September 1957(age 53)
Place of birthNambour, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
SpouseThérèse Rein
Alma materAustralian National University
Public servant
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office14 September 2010
Prime ministerJulia Gillard
Preceded byStephen Smith
26th Prime Minister of Australia
Elections: 2007
In office3 December 2007 - 24 June 2010
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor generalMichael Jeffery
Quentin Bryce
DeputyJulia Gillard
Succeeded byJulia Gillard
Preceded byJohn Howard
Leader of the Australian Labor Party
In office4 December 2006 - 24 June 2010
DeputyJulia Gillard
Succeeded byJulia Gillard
Preceded byKim Beazley
Assumed office3 October 1998
Preceded byGraeme McDougall

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Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957) is an Australian politician. He was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia (2007 � 2010) and is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election, representing Griffith, Queensland.

Rudd was born in Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm. He joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 15 and was dux of Nambour State High School in 1974. He studied an arts degree in Asian studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Chinese language and Chinese history. In 1981, he married Thérèse Rein and they have three children. He worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981 and from 1988 he was Chief of Staff to the Queensland Labor Opposition Leader and later Premier, Wayne Goss. After the Goss government lost office in 1995, Rudd was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia.

Rudd was elected to Parliament in 1998 and was promoted to the Labor frontbench in 2001 as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In December 2006 he had become Labor Leader and Leader of the Opposition, and the party overtook the incumbent Liberal/National coalition government led by John Howard, in both party and leadership polling. Rudd made policy announcements on areas such as industrial relations, climate change, an "education revolution", a National Broadband Network, and health. Labor won the 2007 election, with a 23-seat swing. The Rudd government's first acts included signing the Kyoto Protocol and delivering an apology to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations. The previous government's industrial relations legislation, WorkChoices, was largely dismantled, Australia's remaining Iraq War combat personnel were withdrawn, and the "Australia 2020 Summit" was held. In response to the Global Financial Crisis, the government provided economic stimulus packages, and Australia was one of the few western countries to avoid the late-2000s recession.

Beginning with Rudd's election to the Labor leadership, the party enjoyed a long period of high popularity in the opinion polls. However, a significant fall in Rudd's personal electoral standing was blamed on a proposed Resource Super Profits Tax and the deferral of the Senate-rejected Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The decline in his government's support in opinion polls and growing dissatisfaction of his leadership within the Labor Party led his deputy, Julia Gillard, to announce on 23 June 2010 that she would contest the leadership in a caucus ballot the following day. Knowing he would be defeated if he contested the leadership, Rudd stepped down as party leader and Prime Minister on the morning of the ballot. He successfully recontested his parliamentary seat at the 2010 election, and was subsequently promoted back to cabinet as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Gillard's Labor minority government.

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0.43 min. | 4.53 user rating The Labor Party swept to victory in 2007, with Kevin Rudd coming into power as Prime Minister. For a while, Rudd was enormously popular, but his plans to institute a new tax on mining companies and his failure to implement the government's emission trading scheme caused his popularity to plummet. The Labor party rose up against their wounded leader. In the end, he was replaced by his deputy, Julia Gillard. In this weekend's election, Gillard's toughest rival is Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal Party. Abbott promised to be tough on immigration if he becomes Prime Minister. Although polls show Abbott way ahead of Gillard, the Labor party coalition still has more support when counted together. 'Crocodile Harry' has predicted a Labor victory. This is the closest election in Australia in 50 years. More at 2007年澳洲大é¸å·¥é»¨å¤§åï¼é¸åææçºæ°ä»»ç¸½çãé¸åææ¬ä¾æ¯ç¶ç´ç¸å­éï¼ä½æ¯ä»æç®éå¾µæ°ç礦業ç¨å碳æ交æè¨ååå¸æ§ï¼å¼ç¼æ°æ¨ï¼æ°ææ¯æ度ç´ç´è½ãé¸åæè¹èåæµï¼è¢«èªå·±äººçª©è£¡åï¼æå¾ç±å¯æåæå¾·å代ä»ï¼æçºæ¾³æ´²ç¬¬ä¸ä»»å¥³ç¸½çãé次大é¸åæå¾·çåæµï¼å°æ¯å³æ´¾èªç±é»¨ç黨é­è¾ä¼¯ç¹ãéç¶ç®åèªç±é»¨è¾ä¼¯ç¹çæ¯æ度æ¯å·¥é»¨çåæå¾·é«ï¼å·¥é»¨è·ç¶ é»¨è¯çå èµ·ä¾çæ¯æ度å°åèªç±é»¨ãé±·é­å¥åå©æ¥åé æ¸¬å·¥é»¨çåæå¾·æååºï¼éå¯æ¯äºåå¹´ä¾é¸ææç·ç¹çé¸ä¸æ¬¡ã
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Out with the old, and in with the new. Fresh Thinking for 21st Century Australia required. Just add Kevin Rudd and the ALP to office.
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This is a mock up Kevin Rudd election campaign commercial from the May 23, 2007 episode of The Chaser's War on Everything. It highlights all of Kevin Rudd's stereotypical qualities. Note: The audio is meant to be out of sync. It's been dubbed over by The Chasers. Comments now disabled due to political bias and non-chaser centric replys.
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Check out for Australia's top TV presenters .......along with TV Industry News and JOBS. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says sorry to the Aboriginals stolen generation 13 February 2008 The statement reads as follows: Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history. The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future. We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry. We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the <b>...</b>
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Some of Swannys fav moments in Aussie Politics - just ask Kevin Rudd....
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Hello, Kevin Rudd. We are Anonymous. We have been watching you. It wasn't very long ago since you were elected, was it? The media hype surrounding your future government back in 2007 was incredible. Many of us Australians saw both you and Barack as beacons of potential to bring end to the conservative culture that currently swamps the USA and Australia. Many of us thought otherwise, and it turns out they were right. You, as a leader, have failed us. You are bringing an end to what is the greatest link between all people; the one thing that can cross all cultural boundaries, that can bring people together despite ethnicity, political or religious standings, class or nationality; the largest information transfer ever created. You, a democratically elected leader, have decided to do what only the most power-hungry of all tyrants dare: You have opted to censor the internet. This is why we, Anonymous, have decided that this censorship plan should be among our primary targets for elimination. We have two demands that we consider central to our ideals: Firstly: We demand the abolition of the censorship plan proposed by the current government. This includes the removal of all targets on the blacklist, and complete abandonment of any further plans and endeavors by the Australian Government to censor the internet. Secondly: We demand the resignation of the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy. This is a man who has no level of <b>...</b>
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Labor should just stop meddling with markets - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--EVERYBODY has their favourite theory as to why the Rudd-Gillard government has been so dreadful. -Kevin Rudd's- favourite theory is that there are too many ... - Date : Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:03:29 GMT+00:00
Get set for more crazy days in 2011 - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--Former PM -Kevin Rudd-, now wields influence as Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister. Picture: Andrew Brownbill Source: Herald Sun FEW years have seen turmoil ... - Date : Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:58:13 GMT+00:00
What clicked in 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Predictably, the breaking news event of that dramatic day in June when Julia Gillard toppled -Kevin Rudd- to become Australia's first female Prime Minister ... - Date : Tue, 28 Dec 2010 23:05:22 GMT+00:00
A bizarre year of political meltdown - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun---Kevin Rudd- is flanked by his wife Therese and children Marcus and Jessica at a press conference after he was deposed as prime minister by his deputy Julia ... - Date : Sat, 25 Dec 2010 07:19:19 GMT+00:00
Always expect the unexpected - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--One assumes -Kevin Rudd's- government intended good things for Australia through its global financial crisis stimulus package. Putting insulation in ceilings ... - Date : Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:04:02 GMT+00:00
All eyes on Gillard to produce the goods - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--LABOR has finished the most extraordinary political year in decades below where it was when it dumped -Kevin Rudd-. Moreover, it is further behind than when ... - Date : Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:06:14 GMT+00:00
Lieberman rejects Rudd's calls for Israel to sign NPT - Jerusalem Post Tweet this news
Jerusalem Post--Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday rejected calls by his Australian counterpart -Kevin Rudd- that Israel sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, ... - Date : Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:39:15 GMT+00:00
Rudd, Gillard at odds on Assange - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Then -Kevin Rudd- defends Julian Assange and says he did not commit an illegal act. He may well be right. I suspect Rudd had been waiting for the day he could ... - Date : Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:18:03 GMT+00:00
Disgust from troops at risk on front line - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--MUSAZAI, Afghanistan: Soldiers on the front line have disputed comments by the Foreign Minister, -Kevin Rudd-, about the progress of the war in Afghanistan ... - Date : Sun, 12 Dec 2010 13:13:37 GMT+00:00
Rudd and Wikileaks: never mind the bollocks - On Line opinion Tweet this news
On Line opinion---Kevin Rudd- was caught up in a snowstorm of denial this week. "This is all just water off a duck's back ... - Date : Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:56:17 GMT+00:00

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Graeme McDougall
Member of Parliament for Griffith
1998 - present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kim Beazley
Leader of the Labor Party
2006 - 2010
Succeeded by
Brendan Nelson
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Beazley
Leader of the Opposition
2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
Julia Gillard
Preceded by
John Howard
Prime Minister of Australia
2007 - 2010
Preceded by
Stephen Smith
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2010 - present

Prime Ministers of Australia

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Federal Parliamentary Leaders of the Australian Labor Party

Watson * Fisher * Hughes * Tudor * Charlton * Scullin * Curtin * Chifley * Evatt * Calwell * Whitlam * Hayden * Hawke * Keating * Beazley * Crean * Latham * Beazley * Rudd * Gillard |

Current Members of the Australian House of Representatives from Queensland

LaborArch Bevis * James Bidgood * Yvette D'Ath * Craig Emerson * Kirsten Livermore * Shayne Neumann * Graham Perrett * Brett Raguse * Kerry Rea * Bernie Ripoll * Kevin Rudd * Jon Sullivan * Wayne Swan * Chris Trevor * Jim Turnour
LiberalSteven Ciobo * Peter Dutton * Andrew Laming * Peter Lindsay * Ian Macfarlane * Margaret May * Stuart Robert * Peter Slipper * Alex Somlyay
NationalPaul Neville * Bruce Scott * Warren Truss
IndependentMichael Johnson * Bob Katter

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