Kevin Rudd
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With apologies to Dr. Strangelove....and my favourite actor Slim Pickens. KRudd

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Hreidar Thor Saemundsson The ''unbearable occupation'' of Palestine! :) https://www.facebook.com/blessedoccupation/?fref=ts
Hreidar Thor Saemundsson The new CAPITAL MALL in Gaza! How unbearable can an occupation be? :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNTCHK4UV3I
Aaron Ben Haroush Kev in will you supporting a war n North Korea like you did the bogus war in Iraq?? How does your Christian conscience feel when you realise you helped murder thousand so of innocent people there? http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2017/iraq-dossier/
Tony Clarke http://anonhq.com/war-on-terror-lest-we-forget-the-u-s-coup-detat/
Tony Clarke http://theantimedia.org/global-arms-sales-war/
Kevin Rudd
08:06 02/24/2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today challenged former Prime Minister Hawke and myself on what sort of Palestinian state we would recommend Israel recognise. I have a simple reply to Mr Netanyahu : The boundaries, internal security, external security, public finance and governance of a Palestinian state have been elaborated in detail in multiple negotiations with the US under the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations, most recently in the Kerry Plan. Mr. Netanyahu knows these formulations like the back of his hand. Mr. Netanyahu also knows he has torpedoed each of them, often at five minutes to midnight, often by changing the goalposts, to the enduring frustration of both Republican and Democrat Administrations. I have been a supporter of Israel all my life. And a public campaigner against any form of anti-Semitism. But to support the state of Israel does not mandate automatic support for each and every policy of Mr. Netanyahu. The state of Israel and Mr. Netanyahu are not co-definitional. That is why I beg to differ on this and other aspects of Mr Netanyahu's policies. For example, I also have a simple question for Mr. Netanyahu. Will he use this visit to Australia to apologise to the Australian people for his government using forged Australian passports to facilitate an Israeli assassination of a member of Hamas in Dubai? No apology has ever been received for that action which had the consequence of putting the integrity of Australian passports and the security of Australian passport holders travelling to the Middle East at risk. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/02/22/03/32/netanyahu-in-historic-visit-to-australia

Netanyahu in historic visit to Australia

Malcolm Turnbull will host talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in Sydney on Wednesday after the Israeli prime minister arrives for a historic four-day visit.

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Alfa Omega Kevin, it takes great leadership, integrity and honour to stand up for what's right. You've always been my favourite prime minister of Australia. Specifically for always being able to speak up for what's right ❤
Warren Samuel The fact you have changed Kevin, doesn't surprise me. I never saw yourself Carr or Evans as true friends. Wasn't it Carr who joked in his book that you drove the Israeli MPS nuts with your half assed ideas on how to fix the Middle East. Bob Hawkes ...
Abbas Raza I am not fond of speculating but I have a hunch that his visit to Australia, and he'll be making many such visits to other allies, is motivated by how Trump inadvertently said some things that were not pleasant to the status quo ears.
Matt Martine Bomb women and children, occupy stolen land, then act like the victim. Come on Israel. Give them a country. If the 'country of Palestine' attacks you - level them.
Maurice Milliner Turnbull is once again revelling in unthreatening celebrity status being seen with other World leaders. I doubt there would be substance in their discussions after swanning around Kirribilli House!
Kevin Rudd
19:18 02/21/2017

I've followed closely recent developments in Israel and the US. In Israel, recent legislation by the Israeli Knesset legalising large scale Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank fundamentally undermines the prospect of a two-state solution. It does this by degrading the overall territory remaining that would be incorporated in an independent Palestinian state. In Washington, I have also followed the ambiguous statements by President Trump concerning his administration's commitment to the fundamental principle of a two-state solution - a principle which has been supported by a succession of Republican and Democrat administrations in Washington. For these reasons, it is now critical for Israel's closest friends and allies to send a clarion clear message to both Tel Aviv and Washington that the abandonment of a two-state solution is unacceptable. Australia is one such close friend and ally. It is not acceptable, therefore, for Australia to use weasel words. I am proud to have been a lifelong supporter of the state of Israel and its right to exist behind secure boundaries. In office, I also significantly increased Australia's aid to the Palestinian authority, in partnership with many Western states in the world, to help build state capacity for a future Palestine. Over the years, I have discussed these matters in great detail with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas. My deepest fear is we are drifting towards the disintegration and death of an independent Palestinian state. This would be a tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli people. For Israel, the isolation of Palestine and the removal of the prospect of both land and statehood, may well lead to the re-radicalisation of the Palestinian people. I deeply fear the possibility of a third Intifada. And so, the time has come for Australia to join countries like Sweden and the Holy See in formally recognising the Palestinian state. It is time for Australia to draw a line in the sand on this matter. As 137 states already have. http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-time-has-come-to-recognise-palestine-kevin-rudd-reveals-his-deepest-fear-20170219-gughjm.html

'The time has come': Kevin Rudd reveals his 'deepest fear'

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says the "time has come" for Australia to recognise Palestine, saying his deepest fear is the "drifting towards the disintegration and death of an independent Palestinian state."

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Renate Mueller The One State solution will not work for the Palestinians, they must be allowed to call at least something, their own. The Red Card to Israel
Jeanette Jessamy Fornier Well said. I have friends who are Jewish and Islamic who own land on the Gaza strip, they need to co-exist and we can not do that by killing one people out, they must learn to co-exist. They must learn to love and respect each other.
Shahzad Ahmed I agree with Kevin and hope that a two-state peaceful solution becomes a reality and this 50-year old issue comes to an end for good for the sake of the people of Palestine and Israel.
Gayle Grapentin I am totally against taking any more land belonging to the Palestinians. This will only cause further problems. The Palestinians people believe they have been invaded by an alien goverment. Do you really feel building on their land will calm things. Go ...
Ann O'Bryen Totally agree. The Palestinians have been treated like second class citizens for too long. Why should Israel just be able to take their land. The Palestinian state deserves to be recognised and their lands should be restored to them!
Kevin Rudd
19:18 02/21/2017

Hi guys, For those of you without a good home movie this evening, here’s the video of our discussion at the Munich Security Conference on the two big security challenges for our region this year. 1. What to do about U.S.-China relations without risking conflict or even war; and 2. What are the possible next steps to prevent the final nuclear breakout by North Korea. The discussion has a first class rank of participants: -The Foreign Minister of South Korea and Defence Minister of Singapore; -Fu Ying, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, and former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister; -Republican Senator Dan Sullivan, recently elected to the US Senate, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and -Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation. This discussion has some real substance. So if you are a serious foreign policy nerd, go out and buy some popcorn and get into it. https://www.securityconference.de/en/media-library/munich-security-conference-2017/video/panel-discussion-pacific-no-more-security-in-east-asia-and-the-korean-peninsula/

Panel Discussion "Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula"
Panel Discussion "Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula"

John Chipman (Director General and Chief Executive, International Institute for Strategic Studies; introduction), Yun Byung-Se (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea), Ng Eng Hen (Minister of Defence, Republic of Singapore), Fu Ying (Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Nat...

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Jason Linney Mr Kim has an excellent collection of memes going on about 'imperialism' 'capitalist pigs' 'juche' and so on and so on. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKJU/posts/1450256281651192:0
Molly O'Brien Catherine O'Brien way better than a romcom
Tony Clarke https://www.securityconference.de/ueber-uns/unterstuetzer/
Glen Phillips There is the security risk. On stage & in the audience .
Rebecca Amy Many thanks Kevin :)
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

Meanwhile in New York Qing Qing and Mei Mei have been contemplating the snow. Great to look at. Less great to be in. Even with fur. KRudd

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Robert Vonk Aren't they adorable? 😸
Ace Alderman Are they wearing real fur?!? MURDERERS
Syed Mustapha Seems more like a scene out of Salem rather than NY haha
Liam Keenan Funny things cats aren't they, really sassy animals with attitude and character
Shannon Goldenpaw Love these sweethearts Kevin. Love it even more that they are both #rescuecats ❤️🐾❤️🐾
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

This bloke's name is Lassina Zerbo. Graduate in Geophysics UWA in Perth. Now head of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna. Doing great work. And an example of what a first class Oz university education can do.

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Molly O'Brien He's smart! Catherine O'Brien
Clancy Nugent Joe Herbert Patrick Schostakowski Will Lambert he's smart
Margaret Kelly Great success.
Neil Galang Great!
Julie MacLean G'day & Grand Poobah Greetings to you Hahaha
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

Russian FM Lavrov now speaking at Munich Security Conference. Hard line speech. Laying out principles for future of US -Russia relations. My North Korea session with South Korean FM, Japanese Dep FM, Singapore FM, Indonesian FM and Exec Director of Comprehensive Test Ban Organisation.

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Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/acTVism/posts/1279277088825050
Robert Wright Russia-US relations are in tatters and it won't be long before Trumplethinskinned pisses them off and all of a sudden Wikileaks has a dossier called "pissy leaks" WATCH THIS SPACE
William Theuer https://www.securityconference.de/en/media-search/s_video/panel-discussion-pacific-geopolitics-powder-keg/s_filter/video/s_term/pacific/
Rebecca Amy Hi Kevin, could you pleaae post the video up of the conference you attended, I managed to watch for 2 hours the discussion on terrorism held in the MSC live stream but could not find yours until it was ending. Thanks 👍
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

At 3am on Sunday morning in Sydney or 11am on Saturday morning in New York, or 5pm Saturday here in Munich, I will be moderating a panel at the Munich Security Conference. You can watch it live at https://www.securityconference.de/ #MSC2017 The discussion panel is called "Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula" The panel will tackle the major threats to our region, including the accelerating threat of a nuclear armed North Korea, as well as the emerging direction for the U.S under Trump. And importantly the panel involves many of the players themselves, representing many countries in the region. The panel includes; Yun Byung-Se Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, Seoul Ng Eng Hen Minister of Defence, Republic of Singapore, Singapore Fu Ying Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National People's Congress, Parliament of the People's Republic of China, Beijing Lassina Zerbo Executive Secretary, The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna

MSC - Munich Security Conference
MSC - Munich Security Conference

Eine Vorschau auf Themen und Teilnehmer der 53. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz vom 17.-19. Februar 2017 im Hotel Bayerischer Hof...

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Quinn Smith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmB293uXx-0
Tony Clarke https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1662415154063439&id=157750900979288
Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/tony.clarke.31392/posts/10211024227074734
Cj Saunders You do get around.
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

Vice President Pence now speaking to the Munich Conference. Pledges unqualified US support for NATO.

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Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/tony.clarke.31392/posts/10211020317536998
Lloyd Smith Thats Gold Kevin Rudd!!
Andre Ackermann welcome anytime K- Kevin Rudd
TanjaGeorge Dragojevic 👋😀👍
John Moses Gillard is the most dishonest corrupt person on the planet
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

Munich Security Conference opening now here by Chancellor Merkel. Vice President Pence to follow. 2017 is the Year of Living Dangerously. Multiple security challenges. The challenge is what to do about them. I chair the panel this afternoon on North Korea. KRudd

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Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/tony.clarke.31392/posts/10210997091756368
Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/tony.clarke.31392/posts/10211020317536998
Kletus Van Damme Merkel is an evil woman, send her to North Korea.
Elliot Perkins I love you Kev ❤️❤️
Edite Vidins Try and get a pic with Angela, I love her!
Kevin Rudd
06:30 02/19/2017

More video-selfies of kind folks I meet around Australia and around the world. Meet Nadia from Graceville in Bris. She is a terrific barista at the local coffee shop on the corner near Peter's Deli. KRudd

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Fatima Zohra Mr Rudd, I don't live far off. Please grace us with your presence.
Alison Ryan Not a selfie if you havent taken it
Joseph Howie Uppa Kev
Tom Burns your the best bloody leader this country ever had Mr Kevin Rudd
Peter Kane sack bill shorten bring back Kevin rudd
Kevin Rudd
17:42 02/16/2017

Meet Peter. The owner of a serious Deli in Graceville in Brissie. Good bloke. He sells some serious QLD cheeses including from Woombye up on the coast. Great little town too. KRudd

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Dan Hemming Um Kev me ole mate. How is cheese serious? Which cheese is serious? Welcome home btw.
Betty Arellano 👌👌
Robert Smith Is KR coming back?
Marshall Smith yeah good old town, nothing on nambour hey mate
梅卓琳 blessed are the cheese sellers
Kevin Rudd
17:42 02/16/2017

Time to defend the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If Libs are now opposed, why didn't they say so at the 2013 election? Back in 2013 I thought the NDIS had bipartisan support, including the funding. Sad to see the Coalition stooping to such tactics.

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Michelle Zinki Tell that to all the serious mentally ill that have been left to wander the streets aimlessly because they have been stripped of their disability pensions & the government tried to force many onto unemployment benefit to make them work when many can't ...
Simon Salleras The problem that comes up consistently is that the liberal party continuously makes the comparison of the nation's budget to a household one. And sadly the two aren't similar at all. The current government is too out of touch and too stubborn to let ...
Matt Lansell I work for.disability services... we've been watching the roll out of this massivley under-funded scheme with disbelief wondering when it was all going to fall over. Even Kev and Julia didn't allot it enough money by a long shot, and of course the ...
Margaret Kelly With you Kevin Rudd.👍👍
Suzanne Moore whish you back.
Kevin Rudd
17:42 02/16/2017

Always great to hear about the work of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation - which has put over 400 Aboriginal kids from all over Australia through our best private schools - and with many more currently studying.

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Rey Steenstra Andrew Penfold
Shaz Duthy Phil Walcott
Allan Ritchie where did education get Kaltenbrunner
Lyndall Bellette Come back keven
Margaret Kelly A very good course. More needed to do.
Kevin Rudd
17:42 02/16/2017

Turnbull irresponsibly voted down my government's reform of political donations in 2008-9. Time now for total overhaul.

‘Ban donations to stop corruption’: Rudd
‘Ban donations to stop corruption’: Rudd

UNION and corporate donations should be banned to prevent corruption in the political process, former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd says.

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Murray Manning I'm guessing the High court will say it is unconstitutional.
Jason Smith Strong word corruption but that's exactly what political donations are. They should never have been legal.
Rodney McCulloch the liberals are so corrupt they will find it to hard to turn back
Jo Scotter So Labor will no longer take donations from Unions? find that hugely unbelievable.
Jake Green Absolutely need this reform.
Kevin Rudd
17:42 02/16/2017

Marked the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Indigenous Australians with a speech at the ANU. In particular I focused on the growing crisis of Indigenous children in out of home care. You can read the speech here: http://wp.me/p4EHkQ-9A Or watch it here: https://youtu.be/hdgh4Y_MsM0

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Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/tony.clarke.31392/posts/10210895233849984
Abdul Ibrahimi You such a great leader MR Rudd Be successful in your future decision
Bruce Eaton Pull the chain Kevvy you've finished baby!
Kevin Rudd
04:54 02/14/2017

Bit of culture shock being back at Parliament House for #closethegap but I had a chat with Sky News Australia on the need for Prime Ministerial commitment on Indigenous issues; climate change and energy issues; and the North Korean threat.

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Carmen Emilia Or #NorthKorea like @ MINUTE 0:34 & 2:20 ... I don't know what the freak MINUTE 3:06 is.. its the only one giving me the hibbie-jibbies ..uuuhhh ... *shudders shoulders ;) https://youtu.be/Pwe-pA6TaZk
Carmen Emilia Threat???... KRudd, I will not listen to a word you say if you don't clarify and are transparent (in the dictionary sense of the word, for both adjectives) ..so #NorthKorea like @ min 1:54 https://youtu.be/zlfKdbWwruY
Clancy Nugent At 10:50 he uses a mr lee quote Will Lambert Patrick Schostakowski Joe Herbert
Kevin Ridgeway You are a great man, my favourite PM. Glad you are back.
Abdul Kamali 🌹💐🇦🇺❤✌️
Kevin Rudd
04:54 02/14/2017

I am speaking in Canberra this evening on the 9th anniversary of the National Apology. There is much much work still to be done to close the gaping chasm between the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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Declan Hogan Prime Minister Rudd, with all due respect, the apology did nothing.
Alex Smith You need to give a national apology for dismantling the Howard border protection policies.
Chris Scully Kevin 2017!!!!
Terry Rimshaw Cobba .... sorry to say but you look like Bert Newtons Love Child
Tanzil Hossain Would love to come watch...!
Kevin Rudd
16:06 02/11/2017

My wife Therese spoke at the Apology Anniversary Breakfast in Sydney this morning. An incredibly moving insight into her experience of the Apology. Well worth a listen.

2017 Apology Breakfast With Thérèse Rein
2017 Apology Breakfast With Thérèse Rein

My wife Therese spoke at the Apology Anniversary Breakfast in Sydney this morning. An incredibly moving insight into her experience of the Apology. Well worth a listen.

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Mary Bourke A great day for all Australians
Tony Clarke https://www.facebook.com/NoamChomskyQuotes/posts/1487657044611711
Glen Phillips No one wants to speak of gratitude.
Sandy Ad van Veen I cried watching it on TV from out in the sticks.
Kristen Seow U healed many broken hearts by giving that apology
Tim Pawlenty
16:12 02/11/2017

Everybody eyes open on this one: Iran's "missile program is backed by covert assistance from China." http://bit.ly/2k7PGEf

Chinese sent Iran missile parts
Chinese sent Iran missile parts

China’s backing of Iran’s missile program was detailed in leaked State Department cables made public on the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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Terissa McKinney I was paying attention to this news back when it happened.
Brett Bublitz What a surprise. Maybe now that we have an administration capable of effective foreign policy this will be dealt with properly.
Leah Goldstein Moses Seems like diplomacy and active involvement, not retrenchment, is called for.
Kenneth Breitling And the dumb-ass libtards are worried about Russia! They are too stupid to see what the NWO agenda is!
Michael Connors That's OK..The Obama Administration has sent Iran "Billions" in cash and The Republicans did NOTHING about it either..
Kevin Rudd
03:12 02/09/2017

This is Qing Qing our cat. Unfortunately the vase is not Qing. It's a copy. But this does not stop Qing Qing from claiming possession. Bit like Occupy Wall Street.

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Lynette Kemeny So cute....image of ours ! Brown Burmese
Katherine de Heer I needed that!
Elliot Perkins ❤️
Bilal Madadi Lovely
Jacob Bostock Nice meme rudd !!
Kevin Rudd
14:24 02/06/2017

ANOTHER MURDOCH TABLOID WHOPPER With all the recent coverage of Turnbull’s telephone encounter with Trump, I missed a story run on 1 February 2017 on page one of Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph which friends have just drawn to my attention. It alleged that in 2010 as Prime Minister I imposed “the same type of visa bans” as President Trump has just done in the United States under his Executive Order of 27 January. This “news story,” not even classified as a comment piece, is utterly false. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/us-politics-trumps-visa-ban-just-the-same-as-kevin-rudds-tactics/news-story/eada2c68147e8e4394705623a77163d1 President Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” imposes a blanket ban on seven majority Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen), preventing all citizens from entering the country. It was based explicitly on the potential security threat that immigrants from these countries may pose to the national interests of the United States. The legality of this order is now being tested in the US courts after a US Federal Court judge issued an injunction against implementation, and subsequently upheld by the US Court of Appeal following a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In 2010 my government implemented a temporary freeze on asylum applications from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, not all citizens, for a period of three and six months respectively. Furthermore, these were based exclusively on official departmental advice that the security concerns in both countries had changed at that time, reducing the risks to local peoples, risks that would otherwise have caused them to seek asylum in other countries including Australia. These measures were neither proclaimed nor conceived as anti-terrorism measures. These Australian measures were similar to reviews that were then concurrently being conducted by the UNHCR concerning changing conditions within these countries. And this review was for the UNHCR’s own asylum seeker processing purposes. At the time of announcement, then-Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans stated that “The decision has been made in the light of the changing circumstances in both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Evolving country information from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan is likely to have a significant effect on the outcome of assessments as to whether asylum-seekers have a well-founded fear of persecution within the meaning of the Refugees Convention.” Our position was aligned with the notion that conditions may be improving in the countries in question. There are seven reasons why the Telegraph’s story is factually wrong. These are listed below. I would appreciate them printing them as my response to their misleading story, or by providing evidence which disproves each of these. I’m not holding my breath. But it does give them time to send it to their friends in the government to draft a reply for them. The core documents are: President Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” can be accessed here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states Our policy announcement can be accessed here: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22media%2Fpressrel%2F0U1X6%22 Fact Number 1: President Trump suspended the entire US refugee visa program for 120 days. [Sec. 5 (a)] My government never did this. Fact Number 2: President Trump has suspended refugee visa admissions from Syria indefinitely. [Sec. 5 (c)] My government never suspended refugee admissions from any country indefinitely. Fact Number 3: President Trump has reduced the overall refugee visa cap to the US by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000. [Sec. 5 (d)] The Labor government never reduced the overall refugee visa cap. In fact, Labor later increased the annual intake by 50%, from 13,750 to 20,000. Source: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22media%2Fpressrel%2F1867222%22 The conservative government under Abbott later cut this number back to 13,750. Source: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22media%2Fpressrel%2F2903098%22 Fact Number 4: President Trump has banned all citizens from seven Muslim majority countries (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) from entering the US for 90 days. Source: Fact Sheet: Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/01/29/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states My government never banned all citizens of any country from entering Australia. There is a massive difference in the scope of these measures: between banning all citizens from seven countries entering the US, and a temporary suspension of asylum seekers from two countries from applying for visas to enter Australia. Fact Number 5: President Trump’s blanket ban targets seven majority Muslim countries, inferring a problem with Islam. My government never imposed a ban in relation to either citizens or asylum seekers from any country or countries based on race or religion. In the case of the temporary suspension of visa applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan is a Muslim country, whereas Sri Lanka is Buddhist. Fact Number 6: President Trump has announced his measures against seven Muslim countries as “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States.” My government never announced nor conceived of its temporary measures in relation to asylum seekers from Afghanistan or Sri Lanka as a measure to protect Australia from terrorist attack. As noted above, our decision was taken on the expert advice of officials that security circumstances had significantly changed in both countries warranting a reappraisal of previous government policy on protection visas for their nationals. Fact Number 7: As for these particular allegations from the Daily Telegraph of Labor double standards, it should be noted that on 10/04/2010 this same publication attacked the two measures announced by my government, as amounting to a “non-policy.” In fact, they noted that “Also of interest is that the Government will not reject asylum seeker claims; instead, it will merely suspend them.” Source: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5rIyTTgClfuVUJwRUJ4aTFucTQ/view It is peculiar that the Telegraph would now pay such attention to what they considered then as inconsequential. But, then again, consistency has never been the Telegraph’s strong suit, particularly if it means bashing the Labor Party and supporting a Liberal National Party government. Comment A number of the Murdoch papers continue to deal in factual inaccuracy. I have listed on Facebook just three recent cases as they relate to me. Heaven knows what they do to the people who do not have a social media platform to try to defend themselves. So why do they do this? As Murdoch newspaper editors have boasted privately to me over the years: “Because we can.” Second, because Murdoch owns 70% of the Australian print media, and in my home town of Brisbane has a total monopoly, they know they can get away with it. Third, they know the Press Complaints Council is a toothless tiger when it comes to policing journalistic standards. Fourth, because they are not held to account for upholding such basic standards as asking for comment from people attacked in a story, in the case of this Trump story they did not bother to ask my office for comment before publication. This would have enabled us to have time to put these facts before them. Fifth, and most importantly, people, corporations, universities, members of parliament, have learned to fear these same Murdoch papers over the years if you dare challenge the accuracy or fairness of their stories. In fact, they have created a culture of fear so that people refuse to stick their heads up. This is bad for our democracy. These guys are just as likely to launch a campaign against you on a long-term basis to teach you a lesson not to complain again. It’s a part of a bullying culture, reinforced by their monopoly position, towards people who have the temerity to challenge them on facts, or oppose their editorial line. Which is why papers like the Daily Torygraph in Sydney and the Courier Fail in Brisbane will continue to do the same to people like me and others who don’t just meekly bend the knee. My prediction is that the Daily Telegraph’s response to this posting on Facebook, if it responds at all, will be to deride it as resembling the social media attacks by Trump himself on parts of the US media. The Brisbane Courier Fail has already tried that one. But as you can see, this 1500 word posting is not exactly a 140 character twitter attack. It’s a point by point factual response to the basis of the Telegraph’s original story for which they did not ask for my response before publication in the first place. PS. For those not following the news coverage here in the US, the single largest media backing for the Trump Administration in the United States is Murdoch’s Fox News. http://kevinrudd.com/another-murdoch-tabloid-whopper/

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Rick Facer Im sorry you were expecting fairness, accuracy, objectivity and intelligence from a murdoch paper. Sorry Krudd, but the only guarantee you get from that roll of toilet paper is a bad photoshop and thats what you got. who do you think invented alt ...
Carol Ann Fitzgerald Murdoch and his monopoly of the media should not be allowed. Personally I don't buy his newspapers and he is losing money through that venture. Newspapers make money through advertising revenue. Maybe we should ask those companies NOT TO advertise in ...
Jacinta Splinter Did they photoshop the trump hair in for effect or were you fresh out of Stefan? Chase that editor down and lasso him with your hair dryer cord.....seriously tho Qld deserves more from their paper
Linda Southern Kevin, I have said for a long time that the Murdoch press are very good at telling a half truth when it makes a better story. Consequently I don't read any of it and like this story shows, it really is only good for being ripped up and used in the ...
Haydee Soriano Si ple Murdoch is not australian citizen. Therefore, it should apply the same to him, you are not welcome in our shore, not to have business here, "persona non grata" interfering in the lives of Australia. It is just a dream of course. Turnbull does ...
Kevin Rudd
01:36 02/04/2017

I hear Turnbull was on radio today trying to deflect from his troubles over his "agreement" with Trump, by blaming my government for his bungling mistreatment of asylum seekers (now refugees) in PNG. I outlined the facts on this in an opinion piece I wrote for Fairfax on 2 November 2016. http://kevinrudd.com/malcolm-turnbull-has-sunk-to-a-new-low-with-refugee-folly/

Malcolm Turnbull has sunk to a new low with refugee folly
Malcolm Turnbull has sunk to a new low with refugee folly

Malcolm Turnbull, in his 12 months in office, has now repudiated virtually everything he once stood for. He has done this because he has concluded that in order to hang onto his job, after his near…

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Rodney McCulloch don't worry about the low he has sunken to he will go lower soon
Alice Renae Paige He's a real dropkick. Falling back on the "it's their fault" lie. Why do we allow these petulant children govern us. We want solutions not blame games
Amanda Fazio Turnbull is incapable of accepting responsibility for anything he does.
Alex Smith Turnbull is a pimple...But your Government changed the Howard Policies and tens of thousands of people arrived on hundreds of boats...then your government said "the boats cannot be stopped, things are different from the Howard era"...Then the Liberals ...
Dan Hemming Pinch of salt Kevin. He's blamed Labor back to the beginning of Labor itself. Yet they are in Gov't and have been since you were stabbed in the back.
Kevin Rudd
01:36 02/04/2017

Spoke to Hala Gorani on CNN earlier today about the US/Australia alliance and the Trump/Turnbull fracas. http://kevinrudd.com/u-s-australia-relationship-strong-enough-to-weather-turnbull-trump-snafu/

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Dan Merwood haha the call actually went like this..Trump-"Malcolm!,PUT PAULINE ON!!!!"
Thomas Lustig Our future is mostly related with South Asia and the EC
Joan Jeffery Reynolds Kevin ever the politician and diplomat. Fellow narcissists they are but differing styles
Connie Petrolo Good on you Mr Rudd, tell her how it is....she has no idea!!!
Stephen Gstalter Maybe Turnbul should ring back and tell him he has 7 days to remove his troops and close his bases in the country
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