Kevin Rudd http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/33106/all en Australia's ex-PM Rudd pours cold water on challenge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/australias-ex-pm-rudd-pours-cold-water-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who was dramatically ousted by his own Labor Party in mid-2010, on Friday dismissed mounting speculation he will again challenge for the leadership.</p> <p>As Australians prepare to vote in September polls, the popular Rudd rejected comments from high-profile opposition politician Malcolm Turnbull that he will lead the government into the election, telling him to take an "ice bath".</p> <p>"Give us a break," Rudd told Channel Seven when asked about his aspirations.</p> <p>"I said a week or so ago everyone should take a long cold shower</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/australias-ex-pm-rudd-pours-cold-water-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Australia Human Interest Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:16:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756245 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Rudd not to stand against Australian PM in leadership ballot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/urgent-rudd-not-stand-against-australian-pm-leadership-ballot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's former leader Kevin Rudd on Thursday said he will not stand against Prime Minister Julia Gillard after she called a Labor party leadership ballot.</p> <p>Rudd was widely expected to challenge Gillard but he said he was a man of honour and would abide by earlier pledges not to run against her again after a failed leadership challenge in February last year.</p> <p>"I'm not prepared to dishonour my word," said Rudd.</p> <p>mp/ajc/ia</p> Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:30:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789514 at http://www.globalpost.com Key events in Australia's leadership tussle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/key-events-australias-leadership-tussle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard retained the Labor party leadership on Thursday after the man expected to challenge her, former leader Kevin Rudd, declined to contest.</p> <p>Here are the key events in their bitter rivalry:</p> <p>2010</p> <p>June 23 -- Then deputy prime minister, Gillard challenges Rudd to a leadership ballot as his popularity plummets following a series of policy mis-steps including shelving an emissions trading scheme and a damaging war of words with the powerful mining industry over tax hikes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/key-events-australias-leadership-tussle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of Australia Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:00:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789550 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM victorious in dramatic leadership challenge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-victorious-dramatic-leadership-challenge-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced down a leadership challenge Thursday, emerging victorious from a party vote after former leader Kevin Rudd made a last-minute decision not to run.</p> <p>In a tense day of political manoeuvring, Gillard called the shock ballot as internal unrest reached fever pitch in the ruling Labor party which is floundering ahead of general elections in September.</p> <p>After being reappointed unopposed as Rudd withdrew and the challenge evaporated, a defiant Gillard said she now planned to get on with governing the country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/australian-pm-victorious-dramatic-leadership-challenge-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:15:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789698 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Rudd sees China shift on N.Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/australias-rudd-sees-china-shift-nkorea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday applauded growing criticism in China of ally North Korea and called for US-China talks over the Korean peninsula's tensions.</p> <p>Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat who has long studied Asia, said that North Korea "has gone from being a private debate to a very public debate" inside China since the latest crisis began several months ago.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/australias-rudd-sees-china-shift-nkorea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Divided regions Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Member states of the United Nations AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:30:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5799684 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Rudd blasts Labor 'defeatism culture' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130607/australias-rudd-blasts-labor-defeatism-culture <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd Friday hit out at the "culture of defeatism" in Julia Gillard's ruling Labor party which is facing an election drubbing in September.</p> <p>With just under 100 days to go until the polls, Rudd launched a television blitz to rally the Labor troops, urging them to resist "hauling up the white flag".</p> <p>"There's too much of a culture of defeatism on the part of various folks on our side," said Rudd, who remains far more popular according to opinion polls than the woman who ruthlessly ousted him as leader in 2010.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130607/australias-rudd-blasts-labor-defeatism-culture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Human Interest Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:20:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5852185 at http://www.globalpost.com Former leader Rudd challenges for Australia PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/former-leader-rudd-challenges-australia-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former leader Kevin Rudd announced he will challenge embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a leadership ballot called for later Wednesday and committed to retire from politics if he loses.</p> <p>"I will be a candidate," he said at a press conference after Gillard called the ballot for 0900 GMT amid Labor party-room moves to depose her ahead of September general elections.</p> <p>"Many, many MPs have requested me for a long, long time to contest the leadership of the party because of the parlous circumstances we now face," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/former-leader-rudd-challenges-australia-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:01:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5867764 at http://www.globalpost.com Kevin Rudd: A volatile but polished politician http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever a grandiloquent man of the people, Australian Labor exile Kevin Rudd made a polished return as Prime Minister on Wednesday appealing directly to the public on his "proven leadership".</p> <p>Rudd, a charismatic ex-diplomat, stormed to power in 2007 with a landslide victory that ended a decade of conservative rule, campaigning for generational change with an emphasis on issues such as global warming.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:06:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5867882 at http://www.globalpost.com Kevin Rudd: A volatile but polished politician http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever the man of the people, Kevin Rudd made a polished return as Australia's prime minister-elect on Wednesday appealing directly to the public on his "proven leadership".</p> <p>Rudd, a charismatic ex-diplomat, stormed to power in 2007 with a landslide victory that ended a decade of conservative rule, campaigning for generational change with an emphasis on issues such as global warming.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:02:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5867946 at http://www.globalpost.com Key events in Australia's leadership war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/key-events-australias-leadership-war <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kevin Rudd won back the leadership of the Australian Labor Party in a ballot on Wednesday defeating Prime Minister Julia Gillard who ousted him three years ago.</p> <p>Key events in their bitter rivalry:</p> <p>2010</p> <p>June 23 -- Then deputy prime minister, Gillard challenges Rudd to a leadership ballot as his popularity plummets following a series of policy mis-steps including shelving an emissions trading scheme and skirmishes with the powerful mining industry over tax hikes.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/key-events-australias-leadership-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of Australia Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:02:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5867951 at http://www.globalpost.com Gillard defiant amid fresh leadership row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/gillard-defiant-amid-fresh-leadership-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Embattled Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted Wednesday she was focused on "getting on with the job" of governing as she confronted another reported move to depose her in favour of predecessor Kevin Rudd.</p> <p>A petition was widely reported to be circulating among Labor lawmakers calling for a caucus meeting where a vote on the leadership would be held, amid unease in the party over an expected rout under Gillard at national elections on September 14. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/gillard-defiant-amid-fresh-leadership-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:35:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5868044 at http://www.globalpost.com Rudd returns as Australia PM after toppling Gillard http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/australian-pm-gillard-calls-party-vote-her-leadership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA (Reuters) - Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election.</p> <p>The reinstatement of Rudd was a last-ditch effort to shore up support by the governing Labor Party, which opinion polls show faces catastrophic defeat at a poll scheduled for Sept 14.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/australian-pm-gillard-calls-party-vote-her-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:01:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5867713 at http://www.globalpost.com Rudd sworn in as Australia's new prime minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/rudd-sworn-australias-new-prime-minister-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister Thursday almost three years to the day since he was ruthlessly ousted from the job by Julia Gillard, as Labor desperately fights for electoral survival.</p> <p>The 55-year-old sealed his dramatic return after a leadership ballot on Wednesday, in which Gillard, the country's first female premier, was deposed in a party-room vote and announced her retirement from politics.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130626/rudd-sworn-australias-new-prime-minister-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:02:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5868769 at http://www.globalpost.com Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130626/rudd-sworn-australian-prime-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister on Thursday, a day after toppling the country's first female leader Julia Gillard and nearly three years after being ousted from the same job.</p> <p> Rudd, along with his new deputy Anthony Albanese and new treasurer Chris Bowen, were officially sworn in by Governor General Quentin Bryce in the country's capital Canberra early Thursday morning.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All 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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130626/rudd-sworn-australian-prime-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Kyodo News International Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:02:34 +0000 Kyodo News International 5868818 at http://www.globalpost.com Kevin Rudd: A volatile but polished politician http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A charismatic but hot-tempered politician with an ear for the zeitgeist, the prodigal son of Australian politics Kevin Rudd sealed his remarkable resurrection as leader Thursday, pleading with the public to renew the faith.</p> <p>Rudd, 55, was sworn in as Australia's 28th prime minister at Government House, capping a dramatic 24 hours in the nation's politics with echoes of his own demise in similar circumstances three years and three days ago.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/kevin-rudd-volatile-polished-politician" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:02:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5868847 at http://www.globalpost.com