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Fast facts: Kevin Rudd

Personal profile

Kevin Michael RUDD


21 September 1957, Nambour, Queensland


Eumundi Primary School; Marist Brothers College Ashgrove; Nambour State High School; Australian National University (BA Hons) 1981


Queensland Public Service 1988–95; Diplomat 1981–88; Consultant 1996–98


Roman Catholic Church


17 November 1981, St Johns Anglican Church Canberra


Jessica (1984), Nicholas (1986) and Marcus (1993)

Thérèse REIN


17 July 1958, Adelaide


St Peters (Adelaide); Firbank Grammar (Melbourne); Australian National University (BA Hons) 1981


Managing Director Ingeus Group


Anglican Church; National Employment Services Association; Queensland Association of Rehabilitation Counsellors

Political profile


Australian Labor Party

Terms as PM:

3 December 2007 – 24 June 2010; 27 June 2013 – 7 September 2013

Terms as MP:

House of Representatives: 10 November 1998 – (Griffith); Leader of the Opposition (4 December 2006 – November 2007)


Minister for Foreign Affairs: 14 September 2010 – 22 February 2012

Political memberships:

Australian Labor Party (1975 – )

Quiz facts

  • Australia’s 26th Prime Minister
  • Kevin Rudd and Robert Menzies are the only first term prime ministers to be removed by their own Party
  • One of the 16 prime ministers in office for less than three years
  • The fourth prime minister from Queensland, and the first in six decades – see Andrew Fisher, Arthur Fadden and Frank Forde
  • At 50, the fifth youngest Australian prime minister
  • Descended from convict Mary Wade, transported to New South Wales in 1789 at the age of 11
  • First prime minister with a woman (Julia Gillard) as his deputy
  • Dubbed ‘Kevin ‘07’ in his election campaign – and ‘Kevin 747’ after leaving office
  • Thérèse Rein is the third prime ministerial wife with a university degree, after Bettina Gorton and Margaret Whitlam.


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