Beyond the rolling North Korea crisis, we at the Asia Society Policy Institute are promoting a policy idea on how to protect the "long peace" that has been enjoyed since the Vietnam War. Full speech and video here: http://asiasociety.org/policy-institute/kevin-rudd-preserving-long-peace-asia
Everyone around the world is anxious about North Korea. Here are my thoughts (delivered in Seoul) on where the diplomacy could land: http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/12/11/kevin-rudd-speaks-to-the-korea-national-diplomatic-academy-the-north-korean-nuclear-problem/
So what's the essential difference between a Labor and a Conservative Government? We reform for the many. They abolish reforms to protect the few. Here's my 10th anniversary speech. http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/12/01/2291/
When it comes to global environmental policy, China has a crucial role to play. Had an interesting chat with Climate Home News about some of the challenges facing climate change action. http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/12/03/kevin-rudd-i-dont-know-how-malcolm-turnbull-faces-his-grandkids/”
It may be 11 years ago - but when writing my book, it wasn't easy to re-live the day I challenged Kim Beazley. My eye was on defeating John Howard - but the cartoonists saw more. #kudelka #notforthefaintedhearted Pan Macmillan
10 years ago Australia ratified the Kyoto Protocol as the first official act of my Government. Here I am handing over our instrument of ratification on 12 December 2007, the same day the #ParisAgreement was born eight years on. Climate change is still the greatest challenge we face.
Great result for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Despite the consistent, outrageous anti-Labor bias of Murdoch media. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-26/antony-green-projects-labor-to-win-queensland/9194654?pfmredir=sm
Celebrating 10 years since the Kevin07 campaign and the election of my government. These guys printed their own shirts here in Oxford. That's serious dedication! http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/11/24/kevin-rudd-in-the-australian-what-we-got-right-kevin-rudds-top-10-labor-triumphs-in-office/
Yes I am back at school. In fact my new address is @jesus which has caused a few laughs. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/kevin-rudd-foucaults-more-painful-than-the-knife-in-my-back-frlgrr6pz
Always great to see the Murdoch Press exercising their customary practice of fair and balanced reporting 🙄 - this time in the Queensland election. The Labor Party facing the usual coalition : the Liberal Party, the National Party and the Murdoch Party. How do these guys manage to keep a straight face?
This week's climate talks in Bonn showed the world is more committed to the #ParisAgreement than ever before. But it's still not enough to turn the tide. Our window is quickly closing. Here's my joint op-ed with President Heine of the Marshall Islands. #COP23 https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bonn-climate-talks-paris-agreement-commitments-by-hilda-heine-and-kevin-rudd
Readings have a few signed copies of Not for the Faint-hearted still left for sale. If you want to buy one online - be quick - and put in the comments section of the checkout that you want a signed copy. Otherwise if you are in Melbourne you can head in store and grab one. https://www.readings.com.au/products/24292824/not-for-the-faint-hearted
In my maiden speech in 1998 I said "I believe that ideas are important". Jon and I wrestled with all sorts of ideas during the Conversation Hour - some of them even covered in my book. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/theconversationhour/the-conversation-hour/9079360
Got to join Sunrise recently to talk about 'Not for The Faint-hearted'. There's a whole section about the show in the book. Not least walking the Kokoda Track (and my trench foot), and of course the debacle of the ANZAC day ceremony at Long Tan in Vietnam http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/10/26/kevin-rudd-on-sunrise-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
Was almost like old times to find myself interviewed by Kerry O'Brien. If you missed the Melbourne launch of Not for the Faint-hearted you can watch Kerry and me in conversation here : https://www.wheelercentre.com/broadcasts/kevin-rudd-and-kerry-o-brien We cover the book - and a lot more.
Great to catch up with Brian Bennion in Brisbane, and share tales from the trenches of local campaigning - from being bitten by dogs while out doorknocking through to hammering in corflutes not long after heart surgery. To borrow from Tip O'Neill - one thing is certainly clear in 'Not for the Faint-hearted' - all politics is local.
For international followers my book is available as an e-book ( apple.co/2yJGhfa amzn.to/2i0lj3u ) Unless of course you are Hamish McHamish. In which case you get the hard copy version - read to you by the author. #HamishisnoMeiMei #autobiography #scotland
My book, 'Not for the Faint-hearted', is dedicated to Therese, Jessica, Nicholas and Marcus - without whose love, care and nurture, my life would be small indeed. The importance of family all feature in my book - and in Therese and my's interview in this month's The Australian Women's Weekly. The article is also Mei Mei's first magazine appearance📸
Yes political life is worth it. Spoke to @SteveAustinABC about the essay of encouragement that is my autobiography, 'Not for the Faint-hearted'. You can have a listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/mornings/kevin-rudd-reveals-if-political-life-was-worth-it/9083966
Turnbull's handling of Manus is inhumane. The 2013 Agreement was for 12 months only - to be reviewed. If people were not resettled by then, then they should have been resettled in Australia - not left abandoned years later. For a look at the history and detail of the 2013 agreement, please read : http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2016/11/02/malcolm-turnbull-has-sunk-to-a-new-low-with-refugee-folly/
Kind words from my friend Phillip Adams about my book 'Not for the Faint-hearted' (with a typical 'charming' photo from The Australian) I was honoured to discuss the book with him as part of a Dymocks Books Literary Lunch in Sydney. A wise head and a big heart. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/kevin-rudd-autobiography-not-vengeful/news-story/47c84a978e884e5e37e3523a73b1dd69