The power to clear corridors: Kevin Rudd role as US ambassador would be a nightmare for Australia

Amanda Vanstone
October 13 2022 - 5:30am
Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd speaks in Washington, DC earlier this year. Picture Getty Images

Will Kevin Rudd be appointed as our ambassador to Washington? Please, send almost anybody but him! My own experience of him as an MP who would come to make representations about immigration issues for people in his electorate was of a member who was on the ball, across all the options and unfailingly courteous. When I was in Rome he stayed at the residence and again was friendly and gracious. Remember I was a member of the government he defeated. But I know there is another Rudd. Labor members know it very well.

Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone is a former senator for South Australia, a former Howard government minister, and a former ambassador to Italy. She hosts Counterpoint on ABC Radio National and writes fortnightly for ACM.

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