Kevin Rudd Look-Alike Competition: Mr. Kevin Rudd (full name Kevin Michael Rudd; born September 21, 1957, in Nambour, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian politician who served as leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 2006 to 2010 and as prime minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010.
Rudd stepped up his demands for Howard to announce a date for the next federal elections, and he asked the prime minister to meet with him in person for face-to-face discussions during the 2007 election campaign. Australian Prime Minister Rudd, who was riding a wave of popular popularity at the same time as Howard’s voter satisfaction ratings were plummeting, pledged to usher in a new era of leadership in Australian politics. He advocated for a clear and unambiguous withdrawal plan for Australian troops in Iraq, and he attacked Prime Minister John Howard for recent interest rate hikes. In addition, Rudd emphasized the need of strengthening healthcare services for the general public.
In order to do this, he unveiled a comprehensive public health reform plan, which he promised to put into action as soon as he became prime minister if he were to be appointed. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) comfortably defeated Prime Minister John Howard and the Liberal Party in the November 2007 elections. In his first official act as prime minister, Rudd was sworn in on December 3, 2007. Keeping his pledge made during the campaign, he issued a formal apology to Aboriginal people in Australia for atrocities they had experienced under previous governments in February 2008.
Rudd has made climate change a centerpiece of his administration, referring to it as the “biggest moral issue of our time” and advocating for the implementation of a carbon emissions trading system. For the bill to pass the Senate, he struck a compromise with Malcolm Turnbull of the opposition Liberal Party of Australia in order to guarantee passage of the legislation. However, Turnbull was confronted with internal opposition within his own party, which resulted in his removal and replacement by Tony Abbott, who was an outspoken opponent of the carbon trading system, and the bill was ultimately rejected in the Senate in December 2009.
Rudd grew raised on a farm in the Queensland town of Eumundi. He has been politically engaged since he was a child, and he joined the ALP in 1972. He attended the Australian National University in Canberra, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies before beginning his diplomatic career in the United Kingdom. In the years 1981 to 1988, he worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he held diplomatic positions in Stockholm and Beijing.
He left the department to work as chief of staff for Queensland opposition leader Wayne Goss, a post he held until Goss was elected Premier of Queensland in 1989. He has remained in that role since since. In the state cabinet office, Rudd held the position of director general from 1992 until 1995. Following his transition to the private sector, he worked as a senior consultant for the accounting company KPMG Australia for two years.
Rudd was first elected to the federal House of Representatives in 1998, when he was elected as the member for Griffith, Queensland. He has been re-elected twice since then (2001 and 2004). While in Parliament, he rose through the ranks of the Labor Party, holding a succession of posts that increased his level of responsibility. Rudd was named shadow minister for international affairs after the 2001 election, in which Prime Minister John Winston Howard’s coalition won a solid working majority. Rudd had previously served as a shadow minister for education.
Rudd became well-known as a vociferous opponent of the Howard government’s conduct of the Iraq War after appearing in many television appearances and political discussion programmes. In 2003, he was appointed to the additional shadow ministry responsibilities of international security and trade, which he held until 2005. On December 4, 2006, he was elected as the leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), beating previous leader Kim Beazley by a vote of 49 to 39.