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 outward-looking and 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 internal party turmoil. Rudd has been vocal in his criticism of factional power dynamics in the ALP and instrumental in changing the Labor leadership election system in recent years.
Since leaving Parliament, Rudd has pursued his passion for international affairs, with roles at the International Peace Institute, the World Economic Forum, Global Leadership Forum and the Asia Society.
Much has been said and written about Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. At the Athenaeum Theatre in October, hear Kevin Rudd speak for himself. In conversation with the peerless Kerry O’Brien, Rudd will talk leadership, legacy and Labor. The pair will also discuss Rudd’s hopes and ideas for the future of this country, its place in the region, and in the world.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
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.
Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for outstanding leadership in journalism.
In a career spanning more than fifty years, Kerry has worked for newspapers, television and a wire service, and as a foreign correspondent. Thirty-three of those years were at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he cut his teeth on the trail-blazing current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners. He was the inaugural presenter of Lateline for six years, the editor and presenter of 7.30 for fifteen years, and the presenter of Four Corners for five.