Kevin Michael Rudd was born 21st Sept. 1957 in Nambour, Queensland and studied at the Australian National University in Canberra where he graduated with First Class Honours in Arts. He majored in Chinese language and Chinese history, became proficient in Mandarin and acquired a Chinese alias, Lù Kèwén. In 1981 Rudd joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and was posted in Sweden and China, where he served until 1988 when he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Labor Opposition Leader in Queensland. After the Goss government lost office in 1995, Rudd was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia. He held this position while unsuccessfully contesting the federal seat of Griffith at the 1996 federal election. He contested the seat again at the 1998 election and won. Rudd was promoted to the Opposition front bench following the 2001 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was elected leader of the Labour Party/Opposition in 2006 and became Prime Minister when Labour won the Federal election in 2007. On 3 December 2007, he was sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.
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