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Perhaps one of Rudd's most powerful and important speeches was one he made soon after taking office.

Kevin Rudd Kevin Michael Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on December 3 2007, after he led the Australian Labor Party to an election win on November 24. Mr Rudd was born in the country town of Nambour in Queensland in 1957, the son of a share farmer and a nurse. Mr Rudd was educated at the Eumundi Primary School, Marist College Ashgrove and Nambour State High School, where he was Dux of the school. He joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 15 in 1972. Prior to entering Parliament in 1998, Mr Rudd worked as a diplomat, as a senior official in the Queensland Government, and as a consultant helping Australian firms to establish and build their business links in China. Mr Rudd gained his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree with First Class Honours in 1981 from the Australian National University in Canberra. After graduation he was appointed to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as a cadet diplomat. He served in the Australian embassy in Stockholm as Third Secretary and later in the embassy in Beijing as First Secretary. In 1988, Mr Rudd was promoted to the rank of Counsellor and later to the Senior Executive Service. In 1988 Mr Rudd returned to Queensland to work as Chief of Staff to the Hon Wayne Goss, the Queensland Opposition Leader. Mr Goss made history the following year, leading the Queensland Labor Party back to government in its first election win since 1956. Mr Rudd served in the Goss Government first as Chief of Staff to the Premier and later driving the Government’s reform program as Director General of the Cabinet Office, the central policy agency of the Queensland Government.

On November 24 2007 Mr Rudd led the Australian Labor Party to government, winning 24 seats following the largest electoral swing in an Australian election since 1975. Mr Rudd is only the second Queenslander in Australian history to lead his party to a Federal election victory. Mr Rudd has written extensively on Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, Australia-Asia relations and globalisation. a diplomatic career in Beiing, and extremely successful wife - but how well do we know the man who now runs the country? What did his time as a bureaucrat in the Queensland government reveal about him? How influential a role does his religion play in his life? Who are the people most significant to him? In short, what sort of Prime Minister will he be?Mr Rudd and his wife Thérèse were married in 1981. They have three children – Jessica (married to Albert Tse), Nicholas and Marcus.

He came to office on 3 December 2007. Kevin Rudd departed from firm Labor Party practice when he selected his own ministers – he was the first Labor Prime Minister to break the traditional role of the Caucus. There are 42 members of the Rudd government executive, 20 Cabinet members, 10 other ministers and 12 parliamentary secretaries.