Australia rips Fijian president's actions

SUVA, Fiji, April 10 (UPI) -- The Australian government has condemned the Fijian president's decision to annul the country's constitution and appoint himself head of the island country.
Chinese reportedly try to hack Rudd

Chinese reportedly try to hack Rudd

CANBERRA, Australia, April 2 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was targeted by electronic spies during his visit to China last year, The Australian reported Friday.
Obama, Rudd stress economic recovery

Obama, Rudd stress economic recovery

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said he and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd largely focused on the economic crisis during a meeting in Washington Tuesday.

Australia, S. Korea agree on key issues

CANBERRA, Australia, March 5 (UPI) -- South Korea and Australia have agreed to strengthen security ties and announced the start of free-trade talks, officials said Thursday.

Arson suspect held in Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A 39-year-old man has been charged with setting one of the deadly brush fires that have ravaged southern Australia.

Obama offers prayers, help to Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama offered to provide assistance to Australia to help with the brush fires that have killed 181 people, the White House said.
Rudd urges opposition to back stimulus

Rudd urges opposition to back stimulus

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd urged the leader of the parliamentary opposition Friday to demonstrate "national leadership" by backing his stimulus plan.

Rudd cancels trips

SYDNEY, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has canceled a six-day trip overseas amid the country's worsening economy, a spokesman said.

Australia to take some Gitmo detainees?

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Australia will only accept released Guantanamo detainees who have been thoroughly vetted, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Thursday.

Unions complain about workplace law

SYDNEY, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A group of unions in Australia is threatening to file a complaint against the federal government for failing to meet international workplace standards.
Rudd: Australia may take Gitmo inmates

Rudd: Australia may take Gitmo inmates

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Friday that any decision to accept inmates from the U.S detention center at Guantanamo will be made individually.

Review of Aussie anti-terror laws sought

SYDNEY, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The botched arrest of a terror suspect and his deportation from Australia point out the need for big changes to the nation's anti-terrorism laws, a report says.

Rudd: Australia committed in Afghanistan

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he expects his country to keep about the same number of troops in Afghanistan for several years.
Rudd says there was no Bush 'G20' gaffe

Rudd says there was no Bush 'G20' gaffe

SYDNEY, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says U.S. President George Bush never asked him what the "G20" was, denying a published report to the contrary.

Singapore, Aussie leaders discuss security

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Singapore's minister of defense met with the prime minister of Australia Friday to discuss ongoing threats to security in the region.
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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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