"Kevin Michael Rudd" is an Australian former politician who was twice Prime Minister of Australia, from 2007 to 2010, and again in 2013. He was the first former prime minister to return to the office since Robert Menzies in 1949.

Having previously served as a diplomat, and then as an official for the Government of Queensland/Queensland Government, Rudd was initially elected to the Australian House of Representatives/House of Representatives for Division of Griffith/Griffith in Australian federal election, 1998/1998. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet (Australia)/Shadow Cabinet in 2001 as Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia)/Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In December 2006, he successfully challenged Kim Beazley to become the Australian Labor Party#ALP federal parliamentary leaders/Leader of the Labor Party, subsequently becoming the Leader of the Opposition (Australia)/Leader of the Opposition. Under Rudd, Labor overtook the incumbent Liberal Party of Australia/Liberal/National Party of Australia/National Coalition (Australia)/Coalition led by John Howard in the polls, making a number of policy announcements on areas such as industrial relations, health, climate change, education ("Building the Education Revolution", "Digital Education Revolution"), and the National Broadband Network.

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The bottom line is this -- when it comes to helping Australians on the ground, the Australian government has failed miserably to persuade its closest friend and ally, the United States government, to allow Australian consular officials access to help our own people.

A terrible piece of work. Addicted to the media and leaking. A junior minister in Government at best.

What we would also need to have some guarantees about is the probity of the police force undertaking these tests themselves to make sure that they are free from corruption or any other maleficence.

It is a kick in the guts for the families of those 88 Australians, young Australians, who were murdered in Bali. It's just plain wrong.

Australia stands ready to provide any assistance, such as energy assistance, bilateral development or any safeguard expertise that we may be able to offer.

I just think it's pretty sad for everybody, Mark included, when a former leader of our party behaves in this way.

It appears tobe a fantastic breakthrough, although history cautions us to reserve a final judgment in dealing with North Korea.

I don't know what planet Mr Downer is on, but he's not on planet New Orleans.

The tragedy for Australia is that our diplomatic relationship with East Timor right now is in a sorry state.