Kevin Michael Rudd is Australia’s Foreign Minister prior to which he served as Prime Minister.
Before 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.
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.
In 1998 Mr Rudd contested the seat of Griffith for the second time and was elected to the Parliament of Australia.
On 4 December 2006 Mr Rudd was elected as the 19th leader of the Australian Labor Party, and On November 24 2007 he led the ALP 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.
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