Kevin Rudd
03/26/2017 at 18:59. Facebook
Meet a young guy called Campbell Salmon. Great young Australian tennis player. Off to Chengdu in China to lift his global rankings. Right now number 250 in the world. Let's keep a eye on him. KR
Kevin Rudd
03/25/2017 at 23:09. Facebook
Lazy weekend in New York.
Kevin Rudd
03/23/2017 at 06:45. Facebook
Billionaire Warren Buffett is not a man who believes in wasting money - and so when he donated $30 billion dollars to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation a decade ago, they knew they had to get a great return on investment.

And they have.

From immunisations to contraceptives, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has saved lives and reduced poverty by investing in small changes with big...
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Warren Buffett’s Best Investment
Kevin Rudd
03/22/2017 at 06:10. Facebook
So Turnbull will continue to fiddle while Rome burns. Does he have any sense of responsibility for the next generation?

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'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016 - BBC News
Attention all Kevins of the world,

This is essential reading.

In solidarity,


Why it's hard to be a Kevin in France - BBC News
I could not agree more with Paul's comments today on superannuation.

He introduced a fantastic policy for the country, bringing it to 9 per cent. I added to it, by bringing it to 12 per cent. And then the Liberals started watering it down.

"Only the most reckless and wilful government would abort the policy settings to put the system at risk."

Paul Keating: Only the most reckless government would raid super for housing
*ahem* what a ball tearing press conference from SA Premier Jay Weatherill on the uncomfortable truths regarding the national energy market...

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Watch South Australia's Premier shirtfront the Federal Energy Minister on live TV
Winter blizzard in Washington DC. Announced today here that there will be a summit next month between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China. A difficult relationship. It also means a lot for all of us in Asia. Including preserving the post-war peace. North Korea the key.
Just ran into an Aussie student at the Fletcher School of International Diplomacy here in Boston. These guys just organised a conference on Political Risk in an Age of Populism." Snowing like crazy today. I was walking around in shirtsleeves yesterday in NYC. KRudd
This video has had a lot of shares - and I can understand why.

It's good to see the young men of Sydney Boys High School studying feminism and discussing sexism on #IWD.

Watch this Sydney Boys High video about why feminism is important
Just been interviewed with CNBC here in New York about the North Korean missile launches. Key question is what are the strategic options for the U.S.:

1. Electronic warfare to degrade North Korea’s launch capabilities;
2. Diplomacy with China to do a grand strategic bargain on the Peninsula; or
3. Get used to a nuclear-armed North Korea.

This is the number one geopolitical risk for the year: Rudd
Rainbow flags are all over Sydney thanks to tonight's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Have a blast! #LGBTIQ #sydneymardigras

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 - LIVE STREAM

Footy season is back with the #NRL tonight and the #AFL just around the corner! I can hear the collective sigh of relief around the nation.

I'm a Brisbane boy, so of course I'll be backing in the Brisbane Lions and Brisbane Broncos all season. Good luck!
Singapore is bringing in carbon pricing. It's time for Australia to return to the most effective way to fight #ClimateChange. #ETS

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With apologies to Dr. Strangelove....and my favourite actor Slim Pickens. KRudd
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today challenged former Prime Minister Hawke and myself on what sort of Palestinian state we would recommend Israel recognise.

I have a simple reply to Mr Netanyahu : The boundaries, internal security, external security, public finance and governance of a Palestinian state have been elaborated in detail in multiple negotiations with the US under the...
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Netanyahu in historic visit to Australia
Here's a podcast to add to your listening library. Kickass News

Fantastic range of conversations - probably the least of which is my recent chat on Trump, the Asia Pacific region and the world.

Take a look - have a listen.

Kickass News by Mathis Entertainment, Inc. on iTunes
And if you are interested in our region and the foreign policy that shapes our place in the world - make sure you follow the Asia Society Policy Institute Facebook page for great conversations, ideas and thinking on international issues that matter.

Kickass News by Mathis Entertainment, Inc. on iTunes
I've followed closely recent developments in Israel and the US.

In Israel, recent legislation by the Israeli Knesset legalising large scale Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank fundamentally undermines the prospect of a two-state solution.

It does this by degrading the overall territory remaining that would be incorporated in an independent Palestinian...
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'The time has come': Kevin Rudd reveals his 'deepest fear'
Hi guys,

For those of you without a good home movie this evening, here’s the video of our discussion at the Munich Security Conference on the two big security challenges for our region this year.

1. What to do about U.S.-China relations without risking conflict or even war; and

2. What are the possible next steps to prevent the final nuclear breakout by North Korea.

The discussion has a...
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Panel Discussion "Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula"