Friday, 29 March 2013

Towards a new type of great power relationship between China and the United States

Towards a new type of great power relationship between China and the United States

An address to the National Defence University of China


Thursday 28 March 2013

It’s now three months since I last addressed this important Chinese institution.

I thank you for the hospitality I received then.

I thank you for the collegiate discussion I had with a number of your leaders on that occasion.

And I thank you for your kind invitation to return here today, so soon after the National People’s Congress has confirmed the appointment of China’s new leadership for the next five years.

The last time I spoke here I emphasised the importance of understanding clearly one another’s strategic perspectives on the future stability of the Asian hemisphere – from the viewpoints of Beijing, Washington, and the other capitals of Asia.

I also emphasised that there was nothing determinist about the future of international relations.  

Of course we should all make a careful study of the history of international relations (and I know in this country you make a particularly careful study of this history).

We are all obviously shaped by our own histories in our dealings with other states, both positive and negative. 

Friday, 22 March 2013

Transcript - Press Conference

KEVIN RUDD: Well thank you for coming here to Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. In political life we live by our word. We live by whether we honour our word. And the good people of Australia observe that over a lifetime. About twelve months ago as you will remember, I challenged for the leadership of the Australian Labor Party.

As you will also remember, I was solidly defeated by Julia Gillard in that ballot. Afterwards, and since then, I have said time and time again, that I would not challenge in the future for the leadership of the Labor Party. I believe in honouring my word. Furthermore, had I done the reverse, and simply gone out there and challenged, each and every one of you here today as journalists, in Brisbane here and around the country, would quite rightly have attacked me. For a loss of credibility, for having walked back on my word.

Since that time, I have also been very plain with my colleagues in saying that the only circumstance in which I would consider returning to the leadership of the Labor Party would be if there was a draft from a significant majority of the Caucus in support of my return. There’s a reason for that: and that is, our Party needs to be united, there is no point in inheriting a disunited Party, therefore, that has been my position since then and all my Parliamentary colleagues have known it.

Statement from Spokesperson for the Hon Kevin Rudd MP

Mr Rudd has said consistently over the last 12 months that he would not challenge for the Labor leadership and that he would contest the next election as a local member of Parliament at the next election. That position has not changed.

Furthermore, Mr Rudd wishes to make 100 per cent clear to all members of the parliamentary Labor Party, including his own supporters, that there are no circumstances under which he will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Adjournment Speech - Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts

In my community on Brisbane's Southside, we have some of Australia's most iconic arts and cultural institutions. One I am particularly proud of is the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts at Kangaroo Point. Mr Deputy Speaker, knowing your interest in such matters, I welcome you to visit yourself as a fellow Queenslander. The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts has a vision of becoming the Indigenous NIDA. This incredible arts and cultural training centre was established in 1997 by the Queensland government and is now the largest centre for training of Indigenous artists in Australia. The centre has grown from 56 students in 2008 to 88 students in 2011, an increase of 56 per cent. Last year, 90 young Indigenous artists were enrolled in their programs, and they are forecasting 130 students to be enrolled by 2016. This terrific organisation provides training and employment pathways through nationally accredited educational courses in the performing arts, including dance, music, acting and song.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Speech - We build the house they tear it down

Launch of “For the True Believers”
Saturday, 15 March
Riverbend Books, Brisbane

Thank you very much Suzie and it’s good to be back here at Riverbend. The centre of reading, reflection and Sunday morning conversation for a long, long time now and it’s a good place to be to think about a book like this. Also to Troy Bramston and his family, welcome to the People’s Republic of Queensland. You are all welcome guests here just make sure your visas are intact. To all of our other friends who are here with us this morning it’s good to have you here.

When I first opened this book by the way I thought it must have been one that had been scribbled in because if you go to the front page, it’s full of my appalling handwriting that is inside the dust jacket. I recall a conversation with Troy when he was beginning this book about whether there were notes left over from when I wrote the apology speech. When I wrote the apology speech, it was in the study in the lodge. In fact where Curtin sat during the war and I put pen to paper the weekend before the apology speech. If you look at the original manuscript, it is full of crossings out, it is full of I think I can phrase that better, it is full of the product of a Queensland primary school education system and why I failed so badly in handwriting but Troy thank you for the work that you have done.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Speech - Southside Buses

The business of government is largely about the delivery of government services. I rise this evening to speak about the decline in the delivery of basic state government services, which has become a particular concern to residents in my community on Brisbane's Southside. The Liberal-National Party government in Queensland has taken a slash and burn approach to local services. Having put 14,000 public servants out of work—14,000 public servants out of work—cut funding to local community organisations and slash frontline health services, the Liberal-National Party have now decided to attack public transport.

Last week the Newman government released their long-anticipated review of South-East Queensland's bus services, which, if implemented, will leave Brisbane residents standing in the rain as bus stops are closed and wondering what will be hit next. Bus services may sound very small beer to some standing here in the national parliament, but for people who depend on buses to physically get around to do their shopping, this is no small thing at all. It is a very big thing. The Newman government has confirmed that it will put profits before people and cut 111 local bus routes, significantly impacting on the lives of many in our community who are elderly or who have mobility challenges, as well as those who have no private transport.

Of particular note are two local us services, the 192 and the 198, which provide the people of Highgate Hill in my electorate with vital services to other parts of the community. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Address at the Griffith University Law School’s “Meet the Profession” annual networking event

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Thank you for the kind invitation for me to speak today at this “Meet the Profession” networking event.

Actually it occurs to me that I am probably the last person in this room you would be looking to network with tonight as I would guess I am the only one present who does not have a law degree and has never worked in a strictly legal field. 

Usually this kind of confession counts in my favour but, given that I am overwhelmingly outnumbered, I will hold back on the value judgments in the interests of self-preservation.


The Planning, Funding and Building of our National Infrastructure

Address to Urban Development Institute of Australia Congress

 7 March 2013


The business of government is about maintaining our national security, strengthening our economy, protecting our environment while still providing a fair go for all.

All these require long-term planning.

And all these require policies to be implemented to turn these plans into reality.

Today I intend to focus on the future drivers of our economy.

As the former Secretary of the Treasury reminded us the better part of a decade ago, the three key drivers of the economic future of our nation are population, participation and productivity.

Comment from a Spokesperson for the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

 Mr Rudd has consistently said he supports the Foreign Minister's handling of this matter.

That our Ambassador to Israel was not made aware of this case until after Mr Zygier’s death is of concern. The report acknowledges that in hindsight DFAT should have done this.

That the then Foreign Minister Smith was not briefed on this as a consular matter is also of concern.

Mr Rudd has no recollection at all of being briefed on this case at any time by DFAT or others.

This includes prior to or during his visit to Israel from 12 to 14 December 2010, during which time he had meetings with The Israeli Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Mr Rudd is particularly concerned about this given that Mr Zygier died in an Israeli prison on 15 December 2010. Mr Rudd’s general practice as Foreign Minister was to raise consular cases of concern to DFAT in meetings with relevant ministers of foreign governments.

Mr Rudd remains concerned as to why Mr Zygier was arrested and incarcerated in Israel and awaits the outcome of other relevant inquiries.

Mr Rudd awaits formal confirmation as to whether or not there was any connection with Mr Zygier’s case and the illegal abuse of Australian passports by the Israeli Authorities in connection with the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in 2010 which resulted in the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Canberra.

Mr Rudd's office was briefed on the outcomes of the DFAT review earlier today.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Griffith University School of Medicine - Grand Rounds Forum 2013

Griffith University School of Medicine - Grand Rounds Forum 2013

"A heart to heart with Kevin Rudd"

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

Thank you for having me here today.

And hi to all those on joining us via video link.

I am a great admirer of the medical profession, going back to my work at the Canterbury Hospital as a wardsman in the 1970s.

And as someone who has had my life in the hands of your colleagues twice for aortic valve replacement surgery.

So I thank you for choosing the medical profession and the sacrifices you have made already to be admitted to medicine, the sacrifices you will continue to make, with interrupted sleep, and the intelligence and sense of professional purpose you bring to a career which benefits all Australians.

Today I wanted to talk to you about three things:

First, some of our national success stories in health and hospitals policy, especially when it comes to organ donation as this is DonateLife week.

Second, the NBN and the National eHealth Strategy.

And third, a few basic statistical facts on the government’s investment in the health system that we have made over the last five years compared to the past.

I want to take you through the facts of health funding over the last five years – not the fights, just the facts.

Then you guys make up your own minds on the politics of it all. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Address to the Crescent Institute

Address to the Crescent Institute
27 February 2013
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Office, Sydney

Thank you for very much, Talal, for that very kind and welcoming introduction and also to Michael and our friends here at Corrs for laying open their premises here this evening.

Thank you for the kind invitation to be here with you at the Crescent Institute this evening. It’s an honour to be among you. I know we have many, many Muslim-Australians here this evening, so to all my Muslim brothers and sisters: thank you for having me in your midst at this gathering.

One of the great strengths of this country is what we trip over lightly in our language and that is its multicultural reality. These are things to hold quite preciously and to hold quite tight. Not all countries have this happy experience.

The fact that we have been able to craft it and craft it relatively successfully against all the international examples, I think, speaks well of the Australian people at large.

And those of you and those like all of us, apart from the First Australians, who have chosen to come to these shores to make Australia their home. The only difference between our Muslim brothers and sisters, who may have come in recent generations, and Anglo-Celtics like myself is simply the space of a few boatloads in between.

My lot arrived here at Sydney Cove in chains in 1790. Not an entirely good family background. Convicts complete.