The Hon. Kevin Rudd AC speaking on August 28 at ANU. Photo by Lannon Harley.

The great speech - brave new neighbourhood

The Honourable Kevin Rudd, AC, BA ’81, HonLLD ’16

In August, former prime minister, the Honourable Kevin Rudd, AC, BA ’81, HonLLD ’16, delivered a lecture at ANU on Australia’s future and its place in the region and the world. This is an edited version of his speech.

Tonight, I'd like to talk about alternative visions for Australia’s future. What constitutes the elements of a credible national vision? How is it anchored in our sense of national identity? How is it anchored in our sense of national values? And how is it grounded in our enduring national interests? Interests which transcend any particular political administration. I'd like to speak in particular about alternative visions for our future in the region and the world, given China's rise and given America’s response to it, and where we find ourselves in the midst of that.