I congratulate the Hon Mr Kevin Rudd AC on being made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest of the levels of honour.
As Prime Minister, Kevin changed Australia for the better - by giving the Apology to the Stolen Generations, ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, and protecting Australia’s economy from recession in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis.
As a wonderful local Member, Kevin was renowned for his energy, his compassion, and his ability to deliver for locals.
Beyond the parliament, Kevin has continued to serve Australia and the global community through his work at the International Peace Institute, the Global Partnership on Sanitation and Water for All, and the Asia Society.
The work that Kevin has done throughout his life and his career has made him an outstanding and distinguished candidate to be recognised through the conferral of the honour of Companion of the Order of Australia.
On behalf of all Southsiders, I extend my warmest congratulations to Kevin for this prestigious honour.