Controversy and Diplomacy: Kevin Rudd's Appointment as US Ambassador Sparks Debate on Australia's Foreign Relations Strategy

When diplomats are chosen to represent Australia abroad, it’s usually a process of finding the most skilled and experienced person to deal with the complexities many of our foreign relationships present.  

Anthony Albanese’s decision to pick failed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Australia’s ambassador to the United States runs counterintuitive to the usually calm and measured way these appointments are made and speaks volumes to the immaturity of Labor’s approach to governing.   

Since Kevin Rudd was appointed to Australia’s top job in Washington, he has been rushing to unscramble the eggs of a very embarrassing situation of his own making.  

Kevin Rudd’s ill-tempered Twitter tirade in the direction of Donal Trump has endangered Australia’s national interests. Rudd was never suited to be a diplomat and must be recalled urgently.  

To top Rudd’s undiplomatic nonsense off, Labor’s cow-towing to China has included news Don Farrel, Labor’s South Australian Godfather, declaring the US is not ‘Australia’s closest ally’. He then said New Zealand was our closest ally. No offence to our Kiwi friends, but their beautiful land is not under threat, it is not strategically located, and their defence force is depleted from years of neglect. New Zealand is not our most strategic ally, they are an old, close, and dear friend, but not a strategic ally.  

Compared to New Zealand, Australia is strategically placed, provides a great launching pad for very valued northern assets and wealth (including those under the water), and has a huge abundance of natural resources and manufacturing capacity (if it were not so damaged by years of Liberal/Labor neglect).    

Australia needs a close ally like the United States to remain very close to us, because our wealth, resources, and sovereignty have been threatened by belligerent regional antagonists.  

And don’t think Rudd’s ability to speak Mandarin helps on the China front. China is where it became apparent that Kevin Rudd has neither the temperament, skill of knowledge to be an effective diplomat.  

Farrell’s comment on downplaying our US relationship was partly geared towards fixing a mess with China that was caused by Rudd. Australian-Sino relations were damaged when Mr Rudd went to a Beijing University as one of his first acts as Prime Minister in 2008 and lectured the Chinese about their human rights record.  


Appallingly, Labor MPs have spent years trying to blame the Liberals for the way China treats Australia, without acknowledging that the complex relationship started its decline after Rudd’s 2008 China tirade.   

Fixing the mess created with the Chinese relationship by Rudd has taken the better part of nearly a decade and a half, although many concede things are still not fully on track with our largest trading partner after his ill-advised lecture.  

It’s a bizarre world where Labor’s solution to fixing the Rudd-created Chinese mess is to downplay our friendship and support of the US.  

China views Australia as a nuisance, rather than any threat. Should Mr Rudd have lectured the Chinese about their human rights record? Perhaps not if he wanted to be our ambassador in Washington after being dumped as Prime Minister.  It was ill-advised at best, and inane at worst.  

It is no wonder most Americans in the ‘Washington bubble’ groan when they see Mr Rudd approach, with his smarmy, usually flushed, face waxing lyrical about how much he knows of China. In China, on good authority, the folk from the politburo down breathe a sigh of relief when Rudd leaves, like a house guest whose visit is unwanted or overstayed. 

Just like in Australia, Mr. Rudd is internationally loathed in bucket loads.  

America is poised to pick Donald Trump for the third presidential election in a row against a'mentally incapacitated’ Joe Biden this November, and Mr Rudd’s previously inexcusable and quite undiplomatic language towards the presumptive Republican nominee speaks volumes about his immaturity and unsuitability for diplomatic posts.  

Information coming from America is clear, Mr. Trump is unimpressed with Rudd, because Donald J. Trump has a long memory. Trump doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  

In an interview with Nigel Farrage being aired on Sky News, President Trump called Rudd ‘nasty’ and unlikely to stay in his post after he wins the November election. That Labor and Albanese cling to this bloke is just embarrassing.  

‘Nasty’ people are often rather stupid. Ill-tempered people often lack intelligence. It is no wonder Trump called Rudd ‘not the brightest bulb’.  

Make no mistake, Kevin M. Rudd is a rolled-gold fool. As far as Pauline Hanson is concerned, she wouldn’t let Rudd run her fish-and-chip shop, let alone our most important international relationship. That’s because Senator Hanson is a wise and measured person when it comes to conducting the business of parliament and government. Her colleague, Senator Roberts, is regarded across the aisles as a hard-working, genuine, measured, thoughtful, polite gentleman.  

One Nation’s MPs would all make fine diplomats, because they place the interests of Australia well over any ideological bend.  

At this juncture, and especially with AUKUS in its fledgeling state, the US-Australia relationship needs a calm, seasoned, and trusted set of hands, not a washed-up, strip-joint visiting buffoon fumbling his way around DC.  

Choosing a wise head to be ‘our man or woman in America’ should be regarded as an exercise in maturity. Choosing a sulking, whining, volatile, vicious, ear-wax eating and frankly undiplomatic buffoon is immature. Former ministerial colleagues of Rudd have described him as a ‘psychopathic narcissist’. Rudd is not diplomat material.  


Not that the Liberals can be smarmy about their relationship with Trump. Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop endorsed Clinton over Trump in 2016, and who can forget Alexander loosely passing on political gossip that created a false FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. Trump doesn’t forget.  

It’s just that a Labor politician will always prioritise their ideology over the strategic importance of the nation, and Australians suffer from policies where the left focus on that ideology instead of the health, safety, and wellbeing of our citizens.  

One Nation is the only political party that has taken Trump’s America-Australia relationship seriously, with Senators Hanson and Roberts toasting a glass of champaign to victory when President Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election.  

Obviously, One Nation stands ready to contact, and mend the bridges within, a Trump administration. The whole country would be wondering, though, if Albanese would be mature enough to ask Senator Hanson for help?  

For now, Albo? Recall Rudd, before he blows all our diplomatic hopes. But you won’t do that, will you? No, because, as your spokesman said to the Australian today, “Kevin Rudd is doing a good job as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States.” ‘Good job’ of f?%ing things up!