Julie Bishop (on Kevin Rudd)
But certainly he has talents and ability and experience in foreign policy that shouldn’t be wasted and I think that former prime ministers usually have a contribution to make…
Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT (just ask anyone who started in his graduate year), he was a disaster as a Chief of Staff to Wayne Goss, he was a disaster as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (just ask his cabinet colleagues). Why on earth would the Coalition want to appoint Rudd to any overseas position? He wouldn’t be representing the Government, he would be representing himself. He has a talent of upsetting his staff, and upsetting his interlocutors.
The best contribution that this former prime minister can make is to join the Trappist monks and take a vow of silence.
The last thing the Coalition needs is a restored Rudd to Prime Minister.
Diplomatic appointment – High Commissioner to Nauru
14 September 2013
Today I announce the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as Australia’s High Commissioner to Nauru.
Mr Rudd is expected to take up his appointment in November 2013.
Australia enjoys warm and cooperative relations with Nauru and is its key trade, investment and development assistance partner. There are close people to people links. Reflecting this, the Australian Government upgraded its representation in Nauru to that of a High Commission in August 2009.
Nauru is an active partner with Australia in the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional organisations.
The Australia-Nauru Partnership for Development was signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns on 7 August 2009. The Partnership is a shared basis for close cooperation to improve the lives of the people of Nauru and to make progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Mr Rudd is a former career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently a backbencher in the House of Representatives.
Mr Rudd has extensive experience within DFAT and has previously served overseas as third secretary in Stockholm and Beijing.
Mr Rudd holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) from the ANU, with a major in Chinese language. He is married with three children.