Australian PM Rudd faces uphill election battle

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd remains optimistic he will retain power after next month's election despite opinion polls showing a further slip in popularity for his Labor Party.

Australian PM Rudd in danger of losing his own seat

GRIFFITHS, Australia, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Two recent polls indicate Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could become the nation's third leader to lose his own seat in Parliament during an election.

U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- United Nations Human Rights Committee has said Australia must release 46 asylum seekers who have been held for more than four years and compensate them for their time.

106 asylum seekers pulled from water off Christmas Island

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, Australia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Australian navy pulled 106 asylum seekers from their partly submerged boat near Christmas Island Tuesday, maritime officials said.

Abbott trips up on Australian election trail

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Australian prime minister hopeful Tony Abbott has explained his way out of another embarrassing gaffe made on the campaign trail only a day after he was criticised for a "sex appeal" comment.

Australia PM candidate mistakenly says 'suppository' in speech

MELBOURNE, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A goof by Liberal candidate for Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, during a gathering of party faithful, led to the word "suppository" trending on Twitter.

Rudd, Abbott face off for debate

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday promised to pass legislation on same-sex marriage within 100 days if he is re-elected.

Australia upholds mining tax

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Australia's High Court has upheld a challenge to the country's mining tax.
Australia dissolves Parliament ahead of September election

Australia dissolves Parliament ahead of September election

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A 19-gun salute Monday signaled Australia's House of Representatives was dissolved and the official start of electioneering began for polling day Sept. 7.

Australian PM Kevin Rudd calls for new elections

SYDNEY, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called Sunday for an election to be held on Sept. 7 to decide "who the Australian people trust."

Papua New Guinea opposition challenges asylum deal

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Papua New Guinea's political opposition leader has restarted a legal challenge to Australia's detention center on Manus Island as the first group of asylum seekers arrive.

Australia's Papua asylum deal comes under pressure

CANBERRA, Australia, July 26 (UPI) -- Australia's attempts to stem the flow of asylum seekers arriving by boat took another hit after a detention center security guard claimed rapes and beatings among inmates go unpunished.

Arrival of hundreds of migrants complicate Australian detention plans

CANBERRA, Australia, July 25 (UPI) -- A member of the Australian government has struck back at critics of an asylum-seekers plan even as hundreds of refugees arrived despite the program.

3 dead, scores believed missing when asylum seekers' boat capsized

CANBERRA, Australia, July 24 (UPI) -- At least three people died and dozens were believed missing Wednesday after a boat of people seeking asylum in Australia sank near Indonesia, officials said.

Australian refugee policy sparks Nauru riots

CANBERRA, Australia, July 22 (UPI) -- Police on the Micronesian island of Nauru arrested at least 59 escapees from an asylum detention center after riots broke out, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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Kevin Rudd
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd in the Oval office of the White House in Washington on March 24, 2009. (UPI PhotoGary Fabiano/Pool)

Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957) is an Australian politician who was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010. He has been Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2010. A member of the Australian Labor Party, Rudd has served in the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election, representing Griffith, Queensland.

Rudd was born in Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm. He joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 15 and was dux of Nambour State High School in 1974. He studied an arts degree in Asian studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Chinese language and Chinese history. In 1981, he married Thérèse Rein and they have three children. He worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981 and from 1988 he was Chief of Staff to the Queensland Labor Opposition Leader and later Premier, Wayne Goss. After the Goss government lost office in 1995, Rudd was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia.

Rudd was elected to Parliament in 1998 and was promoted to the Labor frontbench in 2001 as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In December 2006 he had become the leader of the Labor party and Leader of the Opposition; the party overtook the incumbent Liberal/National coalition government led by John Howard, in both party and leadership polling. Rudd made policy announcements on areas such as industrial relations, climate change, an "education revolution", a National Broadband Network, and health. Labor won the 2007 election, with a 23-seat swing. The Rudd government's first acts included signing the Kyoto Protocol and delivering an apology to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations. The previous government's industrial relations legislation, WorkChoices, was largely dismantled, Australia's remaining Iraq War combat personnel were withdrawn, and the "Australia 2020 Summit" was held. In response to the Global Financial Crisis, the government provided economic stimulus packages, and Australia was one of the few western countries to avoid the late-2000s recession.

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