Kevin Rudd and Kerry O'Brien

Kevin Rudd and Kerry O'Brien

Kevin Rudd’s time as Prime Minister was short, tumultuous and, at times, momentous. Rising to power in 2007 on a wave of popular optimism, Rudd defeated a formidable opponent in John Howard and ushered in an era of Labor rule and extensive reform.

Perhaps the most globally ambitious of recent Australian Prime Ministers, Rudd's legacy is linked most strongly with his landmark apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008 and his successful steering of the economy through the Global Financial Crisis. His leadership is also associated with an era of bitter internal party turmoil. 

Much has been said and written about Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. In this conversation with Kerry O'Brien, hear Kevin Rudd speak for himself about his motivations, beliefs and decisions – before, during and after the Australian prime ministership.

Who?

Portrait of Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd is a former Australian Labor politician, and was twice Prime Minister of Australia. He is a former diplomat, Queensland Government official, Foreign Affairs Minister and Leader of the Australian Labor Party. Despite securing a 2007 landslide victory with a 23-seat swing in his party's favour, a coup saw him ousted from the prime ministership until he reclaimed it for the 2013 election, losing to Tony Abbott.

Kevin now lives in New York with his wife Thérèse.

Portrait of Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O’Brien is a prominent Australian journalist and author whose long career includes 28 years as a national current affairs television presenter and interviewer.

He has specialised in politics, but has also built a strong base in economics and business journalism, as well as investigative reporting. He has interviewed presidents and prime ministers across the world. Kerry has worked for every free to air television network, but has spent more than 30 years in public broadcasting.

Listen to Kevin Rudd and Kerry O'Brien