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Kevin Rudd

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Kevin Rudd Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs in September 2010. After gaining his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, he was appointed to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as a cadet diplomat serving in the Australian embassies in Stockholm and Beijing. Mr Rudd returned to Queensland to work as Chief of Staff to the Hon Wayne Goss, the Queensland Opposition Leader, contributing to Mr Goss being elected Premier the following year. After serving as Director-General of the Queensland Cabinet Office and returning to business, primarily as the Senior China Consultant for KPMG Australia, in 1998 Mr Rudd successfully contested the House of Representatives seat of Griffith, to which he has been re-elected in subsequent elections. Following the 2001 election, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, later adding responsibilities for International Security in 2003 and Trade in 2005. In 2006 Mr Rudd was elected Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition and, with the ALP’s victory at the November 2007 Federal Election, he went on to serve as Australia's 26th Prime Minister until June 2010. Mr Rudd is one of the 19 members of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.