Meet Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College in India 45 years ago. They have a simple mission: to build self-sufficiency in energy, health, education and livelihoods in the must remote villages across the world. Now in 72 countries. One of their great initiatives is training local female villagers to build and maintain solar power for their communities. Access to light is transformational when you have had none. Therese and I both delighted to become their Global Patrons.
The #CourierFail goes on the attack with biased reporting today, and when I respond with the publicly available facts, they keep up the attack by labeling my reply an "online tirade" I guess facts bother them. Most people would call it a legitimate right to self-defence in a newspaper monopoly town. Sad to see how badly the #CourierFail has trashed its own brand over the last five years or so. And its circulation reflects it. http://kevinrudd.com/moremisreportingincouriermail/
An honour to be with The Global Foundation in meeting with Pope Francis. He spoke to us of "cooperative globalisation" as opposed to the "globalisation of indifference." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/pope-praises-performance-on-poor-pell-ponders-presidentelect/news-story/8e04a9986485c161514b0ace63973aa0
Opportunity to sell fundamental Oz strengths to Russian PM Medvedev. Part 3 of the KR Trilogy. I promise this is the end of my "From Russia with Love" series. 😀 Even if you are sunning yourself at the beach with nothing much on your minds. 😎
The Murdoch tabloids, led by the #CourierFail in Brisbane have done their best to smear me again today. The fact is, in the most recent reporting period, the Australian taxpayers spent nearly twice as much on former Prime Minister John Howard, than they did on any other former Prime Minister. I didn't claim any telecommunications expenses. I didn't claim any family travel. The order of office stationery was explicitly approved by the Abbott and Turnbull Governments consistent with the guidelines they issued all former Prime Ministers, and it has not been used in relation to any matter concerning the Secretary Generalship of the UN. http://kevinrudd.com/moremisreportingincouriermail/
Further "thoughts of Kevin" :) if the Sunday night movies are rotten back home. On this year's G20 in Germany, Merkel must lead. I also believe if we are serious about the G20's future this year, it's got to roll back the tide of protectionism.
If you've got a spare ten mins on a quiet Saturday, and if you're thinking about the global economy this year, the following are a few reflections from yours truly yesterday at the Gaidar Forum in Moscow. The G20 in 2017 must deal with 3 core challenges: financial system risk, low global growth, and managing geo-political uncertainty.
From Brisbane and plus 35, to Moscow and minus 10 in two days. Aaaaaah. Bloody freezing. Attending a roundtable with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev on the future of global and Russian economies. I also spoke to the Гайдаровский форум Gaidar Forum here on future of the G20.
A few personal reflections on diplomatic and political careers if you're interested. Introductory remarks delivered to the conference on Ambassadors yesterday in Mexico. Bulk of discussion that followed was on Trump and China.
Further in my series of selfies and snaps with Aussies I meet around the country and around the world, meet these good folks from Prahran ( I can never pronounce that suburb) in Melbourne. And their guide Marco. Met while admiring the extraordinary murals on Mexican history by Diego Rivera here in Mexico City. Brutal. Beautiful. Disturbing.l
Just been talking to the annual conference of ambassadors here in Mexico City, at the invitation of Mexican Foreign Minister. Main subjects US-China, US-Mexico under Trump. Also told some tall tales....KRudd
These guys are serious selfie addicts. Meet Angus 11from Byron Bay on 15 his way to the US with his Dad. And Riley from SMC on the Gold Coast heading in the same direction with his folks. Great guys. Hope they do well at school. KRudd
Christmas was fun with the family. Including the little possums. Having brought our kids up on the Wiggles, and "Driving in our Big Red Car," decided it was time to get started with the grandkids. Got little Mac his own little red car. He's just turned one. Hope you all had a great Christmas too. KRudd
Holiday snaps with some local guys. Meet Jonas Pascoe and Kinnane the Younger. Both from Nudgee College. Young Jonas has already started his own business. Fantastic. Met them and Kinnane the Elder at Fratelinis at Sunshine Beach. Go well in your final years of school guys. KRudd
More Selfies: Ran into these guys, Matt and Odette, at the Imperial Hotel in Eumundi last night. This was my dad's old watering hole back in the day when we were farmers out on the Noosa Road. This was Matt's 40th! No need to fret mate- its all downhill from there:) I should know :) Happy Birthday.
Went driving down memory lane this afternoon with Marcus around Cooroy, Belli, Kenilworth, Obi Obi, Mapleton, Nambour, and now dinner in my old home town of Eumundi. And selfies with Chris and Joy who we ran into at the magnificent Dulong Lookout. These guys volunteered in the Kevin 07 Campaign. Now living locally. So heaps of thanks to them and all the volunteers from back then. KRudd
Three Days Grace are having a Meet and Greet at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto at the MEAN Clothing Company booth on January 7. Info: http://threedaysgrace.com/blog/437146/3dg-meet-and-greet-in-toronto
I first met Thérèse at the ANU - on our first (or maybe second) day. Whichever day it was, it was my lucky day. We have had an extraordinary journey together. One which is far from over. It was an honour and a privilege to witness her today getting an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the ANU, and to hear her inspiring and incredibly moving address. This woman is an immense intellect, with an immense heart. Her message of perseverance, of caring, and of humanity is well worth taking the time to watch and listen https://youtu.be/RJaaI4ggRs4
I asked what it means to dream and build a big Australia in an address at The Australian National University today. You can watch the whole speech here (although sorry to disappoint, but no big hat): https://youtu.be/OlxCsc-1yg8 Because I believe we can be an Australia that is big in heart, big in imagination, big in innovation and big in entrepreneurial spirit.