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Kevin Rudd



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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

STATEMENT

KEVIN RUDD

Tonight I want to pay tribute to Kevin Rudd and thank him on behalf of the Labor Party for his enormous contribution to our movement.

A member of the Labor Party for more than 40 years, Kevin is a true product of labour values. A generation of Labor activists owe Kevin their thanks for leading our party to an historic election victory in 2007.

Kevin’s achievements as Prime Minister are remarkable, and will benefit our nation for generations to come.

Under his leadership, Labor protected Australia from the worst of the Global Financial Crisis, kept hundreds of thousands of people in jobs and ensured our economy was one of the strongest performing in the developed world.

We brought fairness back to the workplace and introduced historic social reforms like Paid Parental Leave.

As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Kevin made sure Australia became a respected leader on the international stage.

Under his leadership, we said sorry to the Stolen Generations.

On behalf the Labor Party, I wish Kevin and his family all the best for the future.

He leaves the Parliament with the gratitude and respect of a nation.

We are a fairer, stronger society because of Kevin Rudd.