After four years in office, this is the great "achievement" of the Abbott and Turnbull Governments on #climatechange. We brought in a mandatory Renewable Energy Target. They try to destroy it. We bring in a carbon price. They repeal it. For a country entrusted with the #BarrierReef, this is a national and international disgrace: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-change-josh-frydenberg-concedes-australias-carbon-emissions-rose-in-2017-20180111-h0gmtp.html
Abby the Wonderdog has found my book " Not for the Faint-Hearted" excellent holiday reading. It had plot, character development, Qld country setting - and is excellent for burying in the backyard:) Was signing copies at Mary Ryan's bookstore at Noosa yesterday. Also at a bookstore near you. All royalties going to the National Apology Foundation.
Given China affects everybody these days, I argue in this speech that we need a new approach to the teaching of Chinese language and culture in our schools and our universities. Full text here: http://kevinrudd.com/blog/2017/12/10/kevin-rudd-speaks-to-the-seventh-world-congress-on-the-study-of-china-a-new-sinology-for-the-future/
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/
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/
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?
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📸
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.
It was been great to be back in Australia promoting my book this past week. Reviews have started coming in: including a very even-handed one by Robert Manne: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/not-for-the-fainthearted-review-kevin-rudds-memoir-lives-up-to-its-title-20171023-gz66ft.html Meanwhile, it is of little surprise that The Australian last week continued in its tired devil/monster/two-faced assault. When was the last time you saw any of the Murdoch papers run an image like this, or any negative image, about John Howard?
Another superbly annotated book. Thanks Jane Hutcheon for the fascinating and thoughtful discussion. You can catch it at 1pm on Friday on the ABC - and it will be on iview and the One Plus One website www.abc.net.au/oneplusone
Don't you just love the Murdoch boys. I arrive back today to launch my book that deals with the impact of Murdoch-land on the deterioration of Australian democracy, and they launch this bullshit story on the front page. Give us a break boys.
#thoughtsofMeiMei Volume 14 : "So...the author's big week is starting in Australia. Having now read the book twice, I could still only find one reference to cats. But the bit I like most is on page 109 when Kevin goes rat hunting in Peking. He's my sort of guy. That said, I have no idea why I was left in New York while he and Therese are having all the fun. Affection will be withheld on their return."
Flashback Friday. What do you remember about the 07 campaign? Join me for a chat about the Howard years, the Latham and Keating years, and why you might want to get into politics on Monday 23rd October in Sydney. https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
'And so Kevin's book finally arrived! And only one reference to moi!' Perhaps not enough cat references for some - but looking forward to Monday in Sydney for the first chat about my book, Not for the Faint-hearted. https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2018/kevin-rudd-not-for-the-faint-hearted/
Flashback Friday. I've been blessed in my life by the love and support of strong women. My mum. Therese. My daughter Jess. Not for the Faint-hearted, my autobiography out Oct 24, is also the story of a dad, and a husband and a son - and is a thankyou to the women who have stood with me and by me. Pan Macmillan Australia