"Well Australia's been in Afghanistan from the get go, way back in 2001, but we have been resolute throughout and with support from both sides of Australian politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Kevin Rudd on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Kevin Rudd on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Kevin Rudd on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Kevin Rudd on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Kevin Rudd on Joseph Stalin
"By 2050, the Australian population is expected to grow from 22 million to 36 million. That increase alone will put huge pressure on our towns and our cities. We will need more homes, more roads, more rail lines, more hospitals, more schools, just to accommodate so many Australians."
"Something my mum taught me years and years and years ago, is life's just too short to carry around a great bucket-load of anger and resentment and bitterness and hatreds and all that sort of stuff."
"Australia is a nation of compassion. Courage and compassion. And the third of these great values: resilience."
"These are important reforms. Infrastructure, education, health, hospitals, closing the gap with indigenous Australians. Also the Apology to the first Australians. As Prime Minister of the country I am proud of each and every one of these achievements."
"But Australia faces additional regional and global challenges also crucial to our nation's future - climate change, questions of energy and food security, the rise of China and the rise of India. And we need a strong system of global and regional relationships and institutions to underpin stability."