Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd of Australia

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Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm in nearby Eumundi.
His father, a share farmer and Country Party member, died when Rudd was 11 and the family was compelled to leave the farm under hardship.
Rudd joined the Australian Labor Party in 1972 at the age of 15.
In 1981, Rudd married Thérèse Rein whom he had met at a gathering of the Australian Student Christian Movement during his university years.
In 1981 Rudd joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he served until 1988.
In this position Rudd was arguably Queensland's most powerful bureaucrat.
Rudd was influential in both promoting a policy of developing an Asian languages and cultures program which was unanimously accepted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 1992 and later chaired a high level Working Group which provided the foundation of the strategy in its report, which is frequently cited as "the Rudd Report.
After the Goss government lost office in 1995, Rudd was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia.
Rudd was promoted to the Opposition front bench following the 2001 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
When Crean finally resigned in late November, Rudd was considered a possible candidate for the Labor leadership, however, he announced that he would not run in the leadership ballot, and would instead vote for Kim Beazley.
Rudd was predicted by some commentators to be demoted or moved as a result of his support for Beazley following the election of Mark Latham as Leader, but he retained his portfolio.
After Latham failed to win the October 2004 federal election, Rudd was again spoken of as a possible alternative leader.
When Latham suddenly resigned in January 2005, Rudd was visiting Indonesia and refused to say whether he would be a candidate for the Labor leadership.
In June 2005 Rudd was given expanded responsibilities as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Security and, also, the Shadow Minister for Trade.
A November 2006 Newspoll opinion poll indicated voter support for Rudd was double that for Beazley.
Rudd was elected Leader with 49 votes to Beazley's 39, and Gillard was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader.
At his first press conference as leader, having thanked Beazley and former deputy leader Jenny Macklin, Rudd said he would offer a "new style of leadership", and would be an "alternative, not just an echo" of the Howard government.
On 3 December 2007, Rudd was sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.
Rudd is the first Prime Minister to make no mention of the Queen in his oath of office.
Kevin Rudd is only the second Queenslander to lead his party to a federal election victory, the first being Andrew Fisher almost a century earlier, in 1910 (although Fisher had first become Prime Minister in 1908 when the Alfred Deakin government resigned.
Rudd is also the first Prime Minister since World War II not to come from either New South Wales or Victoria; the last were Curtin (Western Australia) and Forde (Queensland) in 1945.
Rudd supports the construction of the Bell Bay Pulp Mill in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania, and has pledged not to protect old growth forests from further logging.
The Rudd government initially announced a "five point plan" to combat inflation, a problem Rudd said was "inherited from the previous Coalition government", including new training places to target skills shortages in various sectors, and a "razor gang" to go through the budget looking for savings.
Kevin Rudd is the Prime Minister of Australia, and leader of the federal parliamentary wing of the Australian Labor Party (ALP.
During the 2007 election campaign, Rudd was accused of copying some of his policies (in particular economic policies) from his more conservative predecessor, John Howard, in a bid to win office, believing that the electorate found those policies appealing.
The ALP won the election on 24 November 2007, and Rudd was soon affirmed as the leader of the parliamentary wing and therefore Prime Minister elect.
After his father was killed in a car accident, when Rudd was 11 year old, the family was forced to leave the farm.
Rudd joined the Labor Party at age 15.
Rudd met his future wife, Therese Rein, at a meeting of the Australian Student Christian Movement while studying at university.
Rudd has attended the Anglican church with his wife and family, without formally taking up membership.
Rudd has given various speeches about his faith, and quotes the German theologian and martyr to the anti-Nazi cause, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as his hero.
Kevin Michael Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on 3 December 2007.
and Nambour State High School, where he was Dux of the school.
Rudd was promoted to the rank of Counsellor and later to the Senior Executive Service.
Unlike Howard, Rudd has promised to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq, honor the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change, provide better funding for schools and universities, and make high-speed internet access an Australian standard.
Born on 21st September, 1957 in Nambour Queensland under the sign of Virgo, Kevin Rudd has the Moon in the sign of Leo which adds a little bit of sparkle to a somewhat conservative personality.
Kevin Rudd was born to farming parents in Queensland’s hinterland.
Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland.
Rudd was born into a tenant farming family in Eumundi, Queensland.
Rudd was educated at a Roman Catholic boarding school in Ashgrove (an inner suburb of Brisbane) and then at Nambour High School.
Graduating with honors, in 1981 Rudd joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The following year Goss was elected Queensland’s premier, and Rudd was in the vanguard of Goss’s efforts to reinvigorate government in the state by introducing administrative reforms.
In 1991 Rudd was appointed to the new post of director general of the Cabinet Office, a position he held until the fall of the Goss government in 1995.
In 2001 Rudd was named the ALP’s shadow minister on foreign affairs.
Rudd was faced with the task of restoring morale and direction to a party that had experienced five changes in leadership since 1996 and lost four successive federal elections.
Kevin Michael Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on December 3 2007, after he led the Australian Labor Party to an election win on November 24.
Mr Rudd was born in the country town of Nambour in Queensland in 1957, the son of a share farmer and a nurse.
Mr Rudd was educated at the Eumundi Primary School, Marist College Ashgrove and Nambour State High School, where he was Dux of the school.
In 1988, Mr Rudd was promoted to the rank of Counsellor and later to the Senior Executive Service.
Following the November 2001 election, Mr Rudd was appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, subsequently adding responsibilities for International Security in 2003 and Trade in 2005.
On 4 December 2006 Mr Rudd was elected as the 19th leader of the Australian Labor Party.
Mr Rudd is only the second Queenslander in Australian history to lead his party to a Federal election victory.
Rudd was first elected to the federal House of Representativesas the member for Griffith, Queenslandin 1998 and was twice reelected (2001 and 2004.
After the 2001 election, in which Prime Minister John Winston Howards coalition secured a strong working majority, Rudd was appointed shadow minister for foreign affairs.
Rudd was sworn in as prime minister on Dec 3, 2007.
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Federal Labor Leader Rudd has had extensive experience in representing Australia on a wide range of security issues and in negotiating the dynamics of political change unfolding in East and South Asia.
Rudd was influential in Australia for promoting a policy of developing an Asian languages and cultures program which was unanimously accepted by the Coalition of Australian Governments in 1992.
It is part of Australia's lifeblood in the way that it looks at the world and the region, and so therefore we're really pleased to be able to learn today from what Kevin Rudd has to share with US.
alongside newly elected Queensland Labor premier Wayne Goss.
KEVIN Michael Rudd is a Queenslander.
when he first took office: Rudd turns 50 in September.
Kevin Rudd was the mastermind of the gulag.
Rudd says now: "No one ever gets it completely right.
Rudd had no intention of getting beaten up.
Rudd was there to make sure things happened," he says now.
good brain, he doesn't suffer fools.
ambitious policy, applying a pragmatism that stifled ideology.
and skill" but that his arrogance was "equal to his abilities.
a fund-raiser from his Spring Street office.
eye on a renewed political assault.
Rudd is the leader of the federal Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the.
Kevin Rudd is a vocal politician often seen in Brisbane and fighting for Queenslanders.
Rudd is the leader of the federal Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament.
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Purchase of new homes up 10 per cent Rudd pressured to extend grant Not delivering long-term market boost KEVIN Rudd is under pressure to extend the increase in the first-home buyers grant beyond June 30 after the measure lifted the purchase of new.
KEVIN Rudd is under pressure to extend the increase in the first-home buyers grant following a boost in the purchase of homes.
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd is about to lose his 13th staff member since the election with the departure of his popular media adviser, Tim Gleason.
Kevin Rudd may take Guantanamo Bay inmates: Todays issue of The Australian contains an article that begins, Kevin Rudd has left open the possibility of Australia taking former inmates from the prison camp.
Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957) is the 26th and current Prime Minister of Australia and federal leader of the centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP.
The head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold, was not seeking reappointment, but Mr Rudd said he had not yet found a replacement.
KEVIN Michael Rudd is Australias 26th Prime Minister and yesterday he became the first Labor man sworn in to the job in 14 years.
Kevin Michael Rudd is the new and 26th Prime Minister of Australia.
Kevin Rudd has become Australia's 26th prime minister, following the emphatic victory of his Labor party in November's general election.
Four years later, Mr Rudd joined the Australian Labor Party, his family's experience of hardship having partly contributed to the decision.
As a student, he studied Chinese language and history at the Australian National University, from where Mr Rudd joined the foreign service, serving as a diplomat in both Sweden and China.
Mr Rudd has promised to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq and sign the Kyoto climate pact.
Kevin Michael Rudd was sworn in as Australia's 26th Prime Minister on 3 December 2007.
Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland and is the son of a share farmer and a nurse.
Rudd has written extensively on Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, Australia-Asia relations and globalisation.
At 15 Rudd joined the Labor Party.
In his first speech to Parliament after being elected in 1998 Rudd said his father's death left his mother "to rely on the bleak charity of the time to raise a family, it made a young person think.
Of his much pilloried ability to speak Mandarin, Rudd is typically phlegmatic: "The business of smallness says it's incumbent on the smallest kid on the block to learn the language and culture and history of its neighbours.
The next year Goss became premier and Rudd was in effect the state's top bureaucrat.
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Kevin Rudd has been the Federal Member for Griffith since being first elected in 1998.
Kevin Rudd was centre stage at a big function in Sydney last night, accusing John Howard of failing to build on the economic changes put in place before him by the Hawke/Keating Labor governments.
MICHAEL EDWARDS: Kevin Rudd says this type of legacy was achieved by the Hawke/Keating Labor governments.
MICHAEL EDWARDS: But Mr Rudd says this period of reform came to a crashing halt with the election of John Howard's government in 1996.
MICHAEL EDWARDS: Kevin Rudd says improving Australia's productivity and global competitiveness is crucial, and Tuesday's budget is just one step towards one step towards this.
Mr Rudd says it will contain no quick-fixes and that it will end what he describes as the "previous government's record of using the budgetary process as an annual political giveaway.
He says Mr Rudd is playing partisan politics in its most basic form.
PETER VAN ONSELEN: Kevin Rudd is trying to eat into the Howard government's economic credentials as a way of bolstering Labor's now that it has taken over in particular tough economic times.
After eight years in Parliament, Kevin Rudd is suddenly measured by the polls as a better leadership prospect than Kim Beazley who has been in the Parliament more than 20 years and served in a multitude of ministries right up to Deputy Prime Minister.
That many are turning to the untested Rudd is a measure of their desperation.
The caucus knows Rudd is no Latham.
But perhaps the key to the conversion of caucus opinion on Rudd is better explained by his nickname when he was head of Goss's Cabinet office Dr Death.
Rudd describes himself as a very determined bastard.
Rudd has demonstrated this to his colleagues through his ruthless rise through ALP ranks and his pointed appetite for leadership.
KEVIN Michael Rudd was the son of a poor Queensland dairy farmer, born in the town of Nambour.
Another proven vote winner, Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie has acknowledged Rudd has appeal in his home state.
From that sort of self-promotion Rudd has obtained a profile unmatched by most of Labor's other shadow ministers.
The other trait that stands out with Rudd is that nothing has been given to him on a plate.
I KNOW the moment when Kevin Rudd took the first steps down the road that could make him Opposition Leader tomorrow and potentially Prime Minister at the next election, because I was with him.
Exactly Leo Zhang - please explain! - If they think Kevin Rudd is the Man for the majority of Australians, I think half of them wouldnt appreciate the terms that he so precisely waffles on with even if he did come from a poor background! He comes across as being too pedantic to me.
Kevin Rudd is a leader for this point in Australian history- his childhood allows the Australia of old (the battlers) to warm to him, as he understands their struggle having emerged experienced that sense of loss himself.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi later told reporters that Rudd had expressed his satisfaction over the victory of moderate forces in Pakistan.
During the meeting, Mr Rudd is reported to have expressed his country’s concerns over reports of talks with militants by the new Pakistan government.
Rudd was unaware that clients of Mr Burke attended the dinner.
on 2 other occasions, so his excuse rings hollow.
The email makes it clear Mr Rudd was the guest of honour.
about his decision to withdraw from a contest against Mr Beazley.
colleagues at Portia’s, a popular Canberra Chinese restaurant.
wrong-doing, so Rudd's accusation of lying is itself a lie.
and suffered massive internal injuries.
shadow ministers Craig Emerson and Bob McMullan.
the time of the service to accommodate television programming.
Rudd was filmed picking his ear and eating his ear wax.
previously told local media he was scratching his chin.