Kevin Rudd

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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.

Kevin Rudd: On the Nature of Labor and Conservative Governments – Kevin Rudd

On the Nature of Labor and Conservative Governments Address by the Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia Le Montage, Sydney 1 December 2017. My name is Kevin. I’m still from Queensland. And one decade on I’m still here to help.

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Tony Clarke
Pola Lekstan Paris Dean
Kathleen Beck So why us Labor kicking Medina and East Kimberley cashless welfare card holders in the guts again? #stoptheCDC #jobsnotcards
Wallis Kamp pensioners miss you so do i you saw us as people to help thank you for that we barely survive now
Sharon Peisley The liberal government have no social conscience bring back labor for the people

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.”

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Kevin Rudd: 'I don't know how Malcolm Turnbull faces his grandkids'

Australia's former prime minister talks about the failure of his country's climate policy, the rise of China and the Carmichael coal mine

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Brett Tester so does india
Bodie Spark Keegan Peace
Jono Stankowski Nathan Davis Ruddy’s on fire
Josh Rowan Connor Sharp savage
Aaron Luu lol

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

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Olivia Kerr Joe Hatch 👀
James Rowe Michael Francis savage Kev
David Pink Christopher Warren wow
Louis Devine Joshua Bruni Jamie McDonald Isa Pendragon the salt is too real
Pierson Parslow Ethan Leotrix Wright Kevin 07 straight up willin

Have you had a listen to 10 Questions with Adam Zwar? He caught up with me while I was in London to ask when I was most happy, when I last cried, and even what I'd like my last words to be.

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Len Clark Zzzzzz
Cody Xie 哎!岁月是把杀猪刀啊!他年轻时跟我姑父一样帅!
Laetitia Encarta Lookin good Kev <3
Jacqui Toohey Nice pic.
Rahimullah Rahimullah Very nice picture sir

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.

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Jacinta Splinter Excellent effort👍
Ant Berrill America is the greatest challenge that climate change is facing.
Benedict Carey Good on you mr Rudd and Labor. This vision should not be so easily cast aside.
Val Power Great vision, sad those that follow do not share your vision.
Len Clark No the greatest challenge we face is moving you on

When one Kevin is not enough... This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the swearing in of my first government. Great celebrating last night with Anthony Albanese MP.

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James Chuang The real one looks younger than the cupboard cut off
Katherine Wilson Where can I get a lifesize cut out of my own? #superfan
Shaun Monk And thanks to you mate they serve more chicken dishes on airlines, cheers
Colleen Gobbe You should never have left politics is a man eat dog profession 🙁
Nana-leonie Trevanion He would have been our greatest PM ever if he had been allowed to stay the course

Chasing a signed copy of 'Not for the Faint-hearted'? Abbey's Bookshop in Sydney now has a few - so get in quick.

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Rhys Thompson Kathy Thompson
Evan AH Jenny Hill
Lloyd Greenhill Lawson Job
Clinton O'Farrell Alicia Saric kk?
Seon Ferguson Already have mine.

We need an urgent diplomatic solution to #NorthKorea. There is a possible way through this crisis, but the options are narrowing. Here's part of my address last night to the The Cambridge Union.

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Ben Styles There is no way out of this either we let them have their nukes ..or we dont ..either way equals a bad situation
Daniel Trainer Luke kevin07
Daniel Sebastian Corrado There is no diplomatic solution for North Korea. The only option is war at this point, sadly. They don't understand diplomacy. Otherwise they wouldn't be testing nukes and intimidating the U.S and Australia.
Aaron Wairon Thomas Connery
Taryn McDonald Bill Clinton

Great result for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Despite the consistent, outrageous anti-Labor bias of Murdoch media.

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Jan Wilson Only people that read Murdochs dribble are the libs and the idiot sheep..
Debbie Lee Andrews
Les Cooper It isn't Labor any more you idiots, it is now called the New China Party with so many back handers going on and a Chinese City being built in your State why don't you just give the place to them, I guess you wouldn't have any Muslim problems after that ...
Shan Ro Under your watch no less
Judy Harris No sorry Kev. Not the best result

My book, 'Not for the Faint-hearted' is now also online at Big W - so if you can't find one in store - try online :

Not For The Faint-Hearted
Not For The Faint-Hearted

In 2007, Kevin Rudd became only the third Labor prime minister since the Second World War, after Whitlam and Hawke, to win government from opposition. In doing so he also defeated, and unseated, John Howard, the longest-serving conservative prime minister since Menzies.

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Boris Ka 😳😜
Janelle Begg Will it ve a signed copy Kevin
Maree Vincent I love the book
Nicola Sanchez Going to get it today!
Jennifer Wells I’m going to get it👍

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!

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Lynda Mitchel My son was born the day Kevin Rudd got in it was a good day for all
Lachlan Coman Nothing but respect for MY prime minister
Maggy McGuire Can we see you at the next election in replacement of Bill Shorten?
Scott Taylor It could've worked out so different if those panicky idiots from that night in 2010 had've just did nothing.
JM Atkin-Walm Bring back kevin 07. We the people didnt vote you out! We wanted you. Start another party!!!!

Yes I am back at school. In fact my new address is @jesus which has caused a few laughs.

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George Psihoyios I think The Times have been watching these classics: Alex Galitsky
Nicholas Horgan Joshua Ciappara hang out with him!!
Janet C. Stockley Hard Case as...
Nic Wright Ah the Messiah !
Carla Graf Love ya kevin

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?

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Jack Delfs It’s cause it’s a still image Kev, their faces won’t change making a straight one super simple. Hogwarts isn’t real
Cindy Dixon Tim Nichols has a fake smile he has hidden agendas on his mine. Its taken Labor 3yrs to fix the damage him and Newman did last time. Labor for me
Patty Egan They never back the winner so my way of thinking it’s good for Labor , just check out previous editorials
Judy Hodder You are so right Kevin. I shouldn’t be surprised but that front page yesterday was the most bias reporting I’v seen yet. Go Anastasia!!
Douglas Rouse That murdoch consortium (deluded scumbags) also support trump through the fox network. They spread false news all surprise a good dose is applied in australia. DOWN WITH THE LNP !

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

Capitalizing on Climate Unity by Hilda Heine & Kevin Rudd - Project Syndicate
Capitalizing on Climate Unity by Hilda Heine & Kevin Rudd - Project Syndicate

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States – the world’s largest historical carbon dioxide emitter – from the Paris agreement dealt the accord a major blow. But it is hard not to take heart from the resolve Trump’s decision has unleashed, both globally and within the US itself.

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Damien Kresinger James
Len Clark Keep your nose out,you had your chance
John Boom You're beating the wrong drum if you wnat to make any difference Kev.
Kay Ross Australia's lack of representation at COP 23 shows how serious about climate change . Zero. For Australia to participate we need to have a change of government. Trump will not do so because to him coal is king.
Dave Kearney Yeah....our crack dwellers...fed gov....are too busy for to represent Australia, in stemming severe global pollution, by residing in a place where the sun don't shine, fossil fools portal!

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.

Not for the Faint-hearted by Kevin Rudd
Not for the Faint-hearted by Kevin Rudd

Ten years after Kevin 07, Kevin Rudd gives the first volume of his memoir of political survival and public service.

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Rachel Evony Sorry to poor to buy your book!
一懿 陈 Guess I will want one when I get to the other side.
Kelvin Hampson I just Brought your book Kevin from Big w last week thanks should be a good Read
Peter Woods Reading an unsigned copy now. Inspiring and illuminating!
John Boom You can do better for Australia and yourself than just a book Kev. Unfortunately supporting the corrupt political system we have doesn't help your credability. Say NO to all donations and outside interest control. Honest up Kev and give Australia a new ...

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.

Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd

The former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister has released the first volume of his memoir, Not for the Feint-hearted.

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Damian Sullivan Andrew
Seri Hegame Thank you Mr Kevin Rudd for recognizing indigenous people as they have aboriginal rights that are inherent. I am also seeking your help if at all possible with Papua in terms of Crown affiliation and also being convinced to seek a de jure government ...
Ayse Goknur Shanal You are the one who created the situation with offshore processing in Manus and Nauru. I'll save the profanities to one day, when I see you in person. Repugnant human being.

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

Kevin Rudd on Sunrise: Discussing his book ‘Not for the Faint-hearted’ – Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd on Sunrise: Discussing his book ‘Not for the Faint-hearted’ – Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd is the President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia. He also leads Sanitation and Water for All, a global partnership working to improve access to clean water for everyone, and Chairs the Independent Commission on Multilateralism.

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Colleen Gobbe Lol😂😂

澳大利亚的华人朋友们,大家可能知道了,我刚刚出版了自传:Not for the Faint-hearted: 在澳大利亚的书店里都很买到。 朋友们都提到,这个题目是比较难以翻译成合适的中文的。 所以,我在这里向大家求助,请大家帮忙翻译。 翻译得最好的,我会寄一本签名版,做答谢礼。 老陆

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Judith Baker Sexy kev
Scott MacRae 凯文有海绵手,他一生中从来没有工作过,当我握手时,我无言以对
Lawrence Hobart Where can I get a signed copy Mr Rudd?
Jacko Summers Fair shake of the sauce bottle Kev
Vivien Leung 不可或缺的心志

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 : We cover the book - and a lot more.

Watch – Kevin Rudd and Kerry O
Watch – Kevin Rudd and Kerry O'Brien

Kevin Rudd’s time as Prime Minister was short, tumultuous and, at times, momentous. Rising to power in 2007 on a wave of popular optimism, Rudd defeated a formidable opponent in John Howard and ushered in an era of Labor rule and extensive reform. Perhaps the most globally ambitious of recent Austra...

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Anne-Maree Pearce Refugees on Manus could do with your help right now, considering your role in abusing their plight. You've moved on but they haven't and their situation is dire! You must do whatever you can for these refugees. don't make any more excuses.
Maryann Bird ❤️
Inwalomhe Donald You are great
Len Clark You forgot to say disasterous
Kristen Seow I cant get the actual book online at overseas because i'm not an aussie... :(

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.

Rudd reflects on career highs
Rudd reflects on career highs

TWO drawn-out legal battles are at the centre of Kevin Rudd’s political legacy.

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Laetitia Encarta Kev2020
Kathy Gould Please come back
Melissa Gillian Sparrow Please come to Adelaide
Joshua Gyngell Menon Its a nice photo of are still good looking.luvnlight Joshua Gyngell Menon
Meg Coulter Ice cream.

Congrats #NewZealand on winning the IETA Carbon Pricing Champion Award. Appalling that in Australia, Abbott and Turnbull voted the ETS down twice & repealed Labor's carbon price.

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Ron Dent Go labor
Jennifer Wells Loathe them both👎🏽
Carol Burns Good on NZ... puts us to shame👍👍
Issy Stewart Go KEVIN.
Len Clark The climate change HOAX is alive and well

For international followers my book is available as an e-book ( ) 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

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Ty Tee traitor
Issy Stewart Come back. 😂
Jessica Douglas Norm Douglas you will love this!
Diana Lea I would dearly love it as an Audio Book as I am unable to read much any more!
Cameron Hursthouse Cute marketing ploy Ruddy. Cute like you mate. Keep it up. Btw I'm not buying your book. Cheers.

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📸

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Peter Haupt Morgan Spence much better taste in shoes than fiscal policy
Susan Thomas Just been reading the women's weekly looks like a good read...🌟
Maggy McGuire Mr Kevin Rudd, please come back to be our PM. You have my vote!
Lorraine Terlecky Kevin Rudd was a good Prime Minister victimized like Gough Whitlam was he should have been allowed to serve out his term in office.
Lorraine Terlecky Nice photo good people all the best to you both and your family.

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:

Is politics worth it?
Is politics worth it?

Kevin Rudd tells Steve Austin if entering politics was worth it.

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Carzy James What's your book called again?
Gage Miles Stone Cold Steve Austin?
Liam Unwin Wasn’t worth as much as your handball career ay kev haha
Tony Horn Love your work Kevin. Pity you were knifed so many times. You certainly have been a stayer.
MN Donnie No offence Kevin but there's a tad too much bile to be about "encouragement".

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 :

Malcolm Turnbull has sunk to a new low with refugee folly – Kevin Rudd

By Kevin Rudd. Originally published in Fairfax, 2 November 2016. Mr. Turnbull, in his twelve months in office, has now repudiated virtually everything he once stood for.

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Kathleen Beck So, when you going to STOP economic apartheid (cashless cards) Kevin? Never? We thought so
Graeme Knight The UN states refugees seek sgelter in the first country they reach, not pick and choose. Het real bleeding hearts this is an invasion. Australia stopped the boats and saved many lives. Parasites are not welcome
Peter Moxham so.....when are you coming back to be PM Kev?
Beryl Anderson How is that? What about the Jews fleeing the war? Two regugees left and came back because they were too scared outside. Pleased about that are you?
Diana Lea We need to see this from Bill Shorten! If not, then he should be telling us what Labor are going to do about the situation IF they get back in.

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.

The Rudd I respect
The Rudd I respect

Smith, the member for the district, died one day, and we forgot about him the next. Not that a politician is ever remembered much after he dies. But Smith had been a blind, bigoted old Tory and was better dead. Politicians are mainly better dead, so far as other people and their country is concerned...

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Tony Clarke
Shena Wood God give me strength!
Carol Cooke still like kevin
Sharon Soward Terry Gobert. I will be getting it. 👍
Susan Dickie Spot on Phillip.

Great to see 'Not For the Faint-hearted' has been selected by iBooks in their November list of 'What to Read This Month':

Connecting to the iTunes Store.
Connecting to the iTunes Store.

Connecting to the iTunes Store.

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Liam Unwin Looks incredible kev
Katherine de Heer Excellent news
Nilda Mane Congratulations Kevin
Marina Ann Makepeace Kevvy what's the general feeling 'bout it...before i spend any money I do not have; and will not have thanks to the current political landscape in New England NSW Australia please???
Kristen Seow I'm hoping to get that actual book online :(

Well my book is doing fine here in the Middle East. A real page-turner. Although there is some local puzzlement about growing up in tropical Queensland, a little different to the sands of the Arabian desert. Back home, "Not for the Faint-Hearted" available at your favourite local bookstore.

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Amir Ansari Was it a commercial?
Rick Kelly She's a big'n
Damian Bridge I love a good fiction read.
Linda Hadson Would make a gret xmas present
Kierian Wilson Already have a signed copy! Awesome read!
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