Friday, 26 April 2013

Transcript - Interview with Greg Carey

KEVIN RUDDGood morning Greg, how are you?

GREG CARY: It’s a local issue you want to speak about?

KEVIN RUDD: Very much so, on Brisbane’s Southside one of our great state high schools is Balmoral State High School, and I’m stunned to learn in the last few days that in fact the Newman State Government has said that they are about to flog off the school cricket oval.

If we’ve got to the stage that we’re about to start selling off our schools and their playing fields, I think it frankly is just going too far, and therefore I think the local community and the school community itself, the P&C and all those who have been through Balmoral State High School, it’s also  just up the road from where you blokes broadcast from in Brisbane, are frankly up in arms about this and we’re calling on the Newman Government to the extent to turn this ridiculous decision on its head.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

War is a very personal thing

ANZAC Day Address 
Coorparoo RSL, Brisbane 
25 April 2013 

War is a very personal thing.

Many who have come here to Coorparoo this morning are here because they wish in their own way to honour a father or a grandfather, a mother or a grandmother, a brother or an uncle, a sister or an aunt, a husband, a wife, a partner, a friend or simply the families who have supported them.

We remember their faces. We remember their laugh. We remember their stories.

We cherish their letters and the now battered photographs from times long past.

ANZAC Day is not simply about solemn commemoration.

It is about deeply personal human memories which run deep into the strongholds of our soul.
ANZAC Day is about the ties that bind – the cords that link our past with our present and our future.

ANZAC Day Address - Bulimba Memorial Park

ANZAC Day Address 
Bulimba Memorial Park, Brisbane

25 April 2013 

One hundred years ago, the Federal Member for Brisbane, William Finlayson, told the House of Representatives:

“It is reasonable to say that as the years go on the danger of war is not increasing. The wisdom, intelligence and reasonableness of the nations are coming to our aid, and there is less danger of war today than there was ten years ago. The tendency in the civilised countries of the world is stronger than ever it was before towards peace.”

Less than a year later, the young men of Queensland were enlisting in the Second and Fifth Light Horse Regiments together with the Ninth and Fifteenth Infantry Battalions in the “war to end all wars”.

In fact, it was they who participated in the great allied counter-offensive of August 1918 which became the final turning point of the war against Germany – a day that German Field Marshal Erich Ludendorff described as “the black day of the German army in this war”.

War is not just a thing of Kings and Emperors, of Presidents and Prime Ministers, of generals and admirals.

War, in all its horror, is a very local thing as well.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Speech - Youth in Australia - 1913 and 2013

Youth in Australia - 1913 and 2013
Coorparoo Secondary College
24 April 2013 

So what does ANZAC day mean for us? Already nearly 100 years past.

What does ANZAC day mean for Australia’s future and what does it mean for your future?

Because you, as the young women and men of Australia, you are our future.

Let’s pause just for one moment to reflect. And in your mind’s eye, in your imagination, reflect for a moment on what this community was like 100 years ago.

Like today this was a thriving community back then. Many of the public buildings, houses and shops that you see around this part of the world where there back then as well. It was also teaming with young people just like you. Walking to school, learning a trade, starting their first jobs at the local stores.

Picture yourself 100 years ago in 1913 as a young 17 year old, many of you are of that age today, full of hopes and dreams for your future, already with eyes on your first sweetheart.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Speech: Tasmania in the Asian Century

Its good to be back in Tasmania. Ive spent a large part of the last four or five days up in the North West, the last couple of days in Launceston, drove down the midland today and am here with you in Hobart before returning to the Peoples Republic of Queensland this evening with my visa intact.

My staff had worked out because we were doing a Trivia Night up in Ulverstone the other night that this marks my 32nd visit to Tasmania over the years. Together with Therese and the kids, we keep coming back here in one capacity or another.

A few Christmases ago, I was Prime Minister at the time, we spent several weeks here. We spent some time up at Cradle Mountain. I climbed Cradle Mountain with my kids and the Australian Federal Police security contingent. They had a defibrillator installed on top just for me. The police were the ones that needed it in the end. We then spent the better part of a week or so over in Freycinet. Saffire had not quite been finished but I could see its shape clearly emerging above the trees before coming and spending some days here in Hobart as well before fleeing to the North.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Griffith ANZAC Day Events


Brisbane State High School

Vulture Street,
South Brisbane

Monday, 22 April

Balmoral State High School

Thynne Road,

Tuesday, 23 April

Cannon Hill State School

Wynnum Road,
Cannon Hill

Tuesday, 23 April

Norman Park State School

Agnew Street, Norman Park

Tuesday, 23 April 2.00pm

West End State School

Vulture Street,
West End

Tuesday, 23 April

Bulimba State School

Oxford Street,

Wednesday, 24 April 8.45am

St Martin’s School

Broadway Street,

Wednesday, 24 April

Greenslopes State School

Logan Road,

Wednesday, 24 April 9.00am

Coorparoo Secondary College

Stanley Street, Coorparoo

Wednesday, 24 April 9.00am

Seven Hills State School

Miawella Street,
Seven Hills

Wednesday, 24 April 10.15am

Coorparoo State School

Old Cleveland Rd,

Wednesday, 24 April 2.00pm

Morningside State School

Pashen Street,

Wednesday, 24 April - 2.15pm

Colmslie Sub Branch RSL

Wynnum Road,

Thursday, 25 April

Greenslopes Private Hospital

Newdegate Street

Thursday, 25 April 5.15am

National Serviceman’s RSL Sub Branch

Memorial Gardens
Norman Avenue,
Norman Park

Thursday, 25 April 6.15am

Yeronga/Dutton Park RSL

Ekibin Park,

Thursday, 25 April

Stephens RSL

Yeronga Memorial Park

Thursday, 25 April

Holland Park/Mt Gravatt RSL

Cnr Logan Road & Barter Avenue,
Holland Park

Thursday, 25 April

Colmslie Sub Branch RSL

Bulimba Library
Oxford Street,

Thursday, 25 April

Camp Hill/Belmont RSL

Camp Hill Hotel Old Cleveland Rd,
Camp Hill

Thursday, 25 April

Anglican Church Grammar School

Oaklands Parade,
East Brisbane

Thursday, 25 April

Coorparoo RSL

Holdsworth Street,

Thursday, 25 April

Yeronga/Dutton Park

Gair Park,
Dutton Park

Thursday, 25 April

Wednesday, 3 April 2013


Do Chinese and US strategic concepts and interests provide sufficient common foundation to build long term strategic trust?

Address to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Washington DC

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

I thank the Carnegie Endowment for their kind invitation to address you today on the great and continuing global challenge of avoiding war and preserving the peace. The Endowment’s rich history over the last century has brought together political leaders, policy makers and public intellectuals from all countries to contribute to this great debate.

The Endowment also exhibits a rich future, as demonstrated in the great work being done by the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy in Beijing – where I am also a visiting scholar and where Professor Paul Haenle, as director, is doing great work in promoting these policy debates on the world’s new emerging great power – the People’s Republic of China.

My argument to you today is as follows: