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/”
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
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.
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
There’s dishonest reporting. And then there’s the Murdoch press. For Murdoch, nothing gets in the way of a good story. Particularly the truth. The "story" in The Australian today is a complete rewriting of history. The story claims the 2003 Tambling Report recommended that renewable energy subsidies not be extended beyond 2020. In fact the Tambling Report explicitly states that the Howard Government’s MRET effectively operated as a subsidy to the renewable energy industry (page 34), and should be extended beyond 2020 (page 131). The Report further added that in order for renewable energy sources to be commercially competitive, they would require continued subsidies (page 97) into the future. Unfortunately these three facts do not fit with today's NewsLtd story. The Expanded Renewable Energy Targets passed by the parliament in 2009 enjoyed bipartisan support . The targets, designed to ensure that renewable energy achieved a 20% share of electricity supply by 2020, increased the 2020 MRET from 9,500 gigawatt hours to 45,000 gigawatt-hours. Coalition party members incl Greg Hunt and Alex Hawke, were vocal supporters of the legislation across the bench. Furthermore Frydenberg’s recent claims that we “recklessly" extended the RET to 45,000 gigawatt hours is laughable. The Coalition supported it. This front page "story" in the Murdoch media is simply Turnbull attempting to distract from his failure to act on his climate change and energy obligations. And by the way the Australian public isn’t fooled by the new “National Energy Guarantee.”
For those asking - here is a page that shows all the book events. Very sad to only be taking in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra for now - but if you can, come along and say g'day (and don't dilly dally - Melbourne and Canberra almost sold out)
My friend Xie Zhenhua says China will meet & beat the 2020 climate target. We now need every country to do more under Paris. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2113871/china-will-meet-2020-carbon-reduction-target-xie
Climate change remains the greatest threat to us all, as Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser remind us on this International Day for Disaster Reduction. #IDDR2017 http://news.trust.org/item/20171011134043-46hpj/
Thursday 26th October I will be interviewed by Kerry O'Brien about my autobiography, Not for the Faint-hearted. Getting close to launch Pan Macmillan Australia https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/kevin-rudd-and-kerry-o-brien
On the #Rohingya crisis, the international community should do two things: fund urgent relief work through Bangladesh; and focus political pressure on the Burmese military, who are running this operation. My thoughts in today's edition of The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/opinion/myanmar-rohingya-aung-san-suu-kyi.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region®ion=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0
It is time for #marriageequality. In 2008 my Government extended the definition of de facto to include same sex relationships. We made changes to superannuation so that same-sex couples could leave entitlements to their partner or their children. We ended discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in taxation, health insurance, social security, aged care and child support, immigration, citizenship and veterans affairs. As Foreign Minister, I made it easier for sex and gender diverse people to get a passport in their preferred gender. And of course I fought the 2013 election on marriage equality All of this was important. All of this paved the way. #voteyes
All the focus is on the North Korea crisis. We also need to focus on the long-term stability of the wider region. Join us tonight at 18.30 NY time/08.30 Sydney time (Tuesday) for the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute's latest report: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/live-webcast I'll be in conversation with former US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Singaporean Ambassador to the US Ashok Mirpuri.
There may still be a way through the #NorthKorea crisis. I spoke with Bloomberg Television earlier today: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-09-07/ex-australian-pm-diplomacy-may-work-with-n-korea-video
On the #NorthKorea question and what to do about it, here are some thoughts I penned in The Sydney Morning Herald today: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/chances-of-second-korean-war-between-20-and-25-per-cent-20170903-gy9znq.html
Don't you love the Murdoch boys? Read the headline. Then read the actual facts buried in paragraph 3 of the story: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/federal/2017/08/29/turnbull-government-rated-best-in-ten-years.html In fact if the Murdoch media had bothered to actually read the original report from Essential Media on preferred governments over the last decade, the picture is totally different to their headline—which is 100% false: http://www.essentialvision.com.au/best-government-in-last-10-years And this is the same Murdoch empire that Turnbull and co. were supporting to take over Channel Ten—presumably to extend the reach of New Limited's long-standing tradition of "fair and balanced" reporting. Give us a break!
In 2013 Abbott raged at my response to the Global Financial Crisis. Now he admits he was so enraged he slept through all the votes on the stimulus package. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/tony-abbott-admits-he-was-drunk-in-parliament-and-missed-crucial-gfc-bailout-vote/news-story/a74eff97b2b2079bd1e39f5b7635a94a