Monday, June 17, 2019

Kevin Rudd Sworn In As Australian Prime Minister 27 June 2013

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia’s Prime Minister for the second time on the 27 June 2013, – Government House, Canberra. The Governor – General  of the Commonwealth of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce issued the Instrument of Appointment and Oath of Office  to the newly appointed Prime Minister and wished him all the best in serving Australia as Prime Minister.

Kevin Rudd Prime Minister of Australia Statement 27 June 2013

The Australian Prime Minister  Kevin Rudd subsequently gave a statement to the media on resuming  the task as Prime Minister with “… humility, with honour and with an important sense of energy and purpose.”  Despite the bitter battles with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Prime Minister Rudd, praised Australia’s first woman Prime minister , acknowledging her for  “… her formidable attributes. Australia’s Fair Work Act, testing of literacy and numeracy performance and being and being a remarkable reformer.”

Message to Young Australians

The Australian Prime Minister, acknowledged and appealed to young Australians who are disaffected or  see Australian politics as a “ … national turn of”   or decreasing their involvement,  if any,  with the political process, to come back, engage and listen afresh.

“…Before I conclude, let me say a word or two to young Australians. It’s clear that many of you, in fact far too many of you, have looked at our political system and the parliament in recent years and not liked or respected much of what you have seen.” Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia.

Kevin Rudd and Africa – William Ang’awa

It is too early to predict the impact on Africa – Kevin Rudd’s has 100 days as Prime Minister before the Australian Elections (around September 2013).  Africa needs to be looking at the agenda of the Australian Liberal and National parties. At the moment political polls predict the Australian Labor Party will lose. Could they turn things round. Australian focus is obviously China – but China’s demand for Australian resources may be slowing down. Immigration could be an issue – but mainly concerning influx of South East Asians. Kevin Rudd’s government would want to see and push for good governance, transparent democractic rights and justice in Africa. Australia would not want to veer far from the thinking of  Western democracies. Australia is home to many people with roots in Africa, for example, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Somalia. What is good is that many of them, feel that they are Australians. He should not forget their votes. It is good to see that he wants the young Australians to engage and bring fresh ideas to politics. This could be a message to lot of young people around the world, who are currently, disillusioned with the political discourse. Australia’s importance goes beyond sports and tourism. Many people will be watching  Prime Minister Rudd with great interest.


Useful Notes and Links:

Reuters 27 June 2013 – Kevin Rudds swears in as Australian prime minister

The Australian Labor Party

Kevin Rudd Prime Minister of Australia Statement 27 June 2013

Kevin Rudd – Background Profile Australian Labor Party 29 June 1013

Kevin Rudd Official Twitter Page

Kevin Rudd MP Australia Website

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency  the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO – Official Website

BBC News – Australian PM Kevin Rudd ‘has learnt Lessosn from the past’ 28 June 2013

BBC News – Kevin Rudd Sworn In as new Australian prime minister

Reuters Rudd sworn In as Australian  Prime Minister after overthrowing Gillard 27 June 2013

The Parliament of Australia – Legislative Branch of the Government of Australia

Australia Media:

The Canberra Times

The Sydney Herald

The Brisbane Times




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