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 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.