Rudd on the PM years

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He was the man elected on a rising tide of fresh ideas and enthusiasm, but within three years in office the Kevin 07 bandwagon had come to an end after a bitter internal coup that has set an overriding theme for federal politics ever since.

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Wednesday 24 October 2018 06:30 pm until Wednesday 24 October 2018 09:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Patricia Karvelas
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Public Lecture; Public
$25 General Admission / $20 Staff & Alumni / $10 Students/Concession / FOC Under 18 (must be accompanied by adult)

La Trobe University is proud to host Kevin Rudd in Melbourne as he speaks openly for the first time on his experiences while Australian Prime Minister, as detailed in his new book The PM years.

Mr Rudd will make a key note speech on what it might take to restore public faith in Australia’s political system, particularly amongst younger voters who have deserted the mainstream political parties.

He will also conduct an In Conversation with ABC broadcaster Patricia Karvelas to dissect the story behind what really happened in Canberra, and the public and private machinations that explain the rise, fall and rise of an Australian Prime Minister.

Mr Rudd will also take questions from the audience and be available for book signing immediately following the event.

6.30pm - 7.30pm: Canapés and drinks served. Book sales available
7.30pm - 9.00pm: Formal event
9.00pm - 9.30pm: Tea and coffee served. Book signing and sales available

About the speakers:
The Honourable Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis—the only major developed economy not to go into recession—and co-founded the G20. Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York as its inaugural President in January 2015. Mr. Rudd is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute, and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University, and is an Honorary Professor at Peking University. Mr. Rudd is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He remains actively engaged in indigenous reconciliation.

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent and highly respected Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago. She currently presents RN's flagship radio current affairs program RN Drive—a role she took up in January 2015. In 2018 Patricia will also host a national affairs television program on the ABC News 24 channel, Sunday evenings at 9pm featuring in depth interviews with a range of influential Australians. Patricia co hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast — The Party Room. She previously hosted and produced the program Karvelas on Sky News — a program which focused on federal politics and policy. Patricia has worked for The Australian newspaper and was the paper’s political correspondent in the Canberra press gallery. She was also employed as the The Australian's Victorian Bureau Chief and Editor, and Senior National Affairs Journalist.


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