Kevin Rudd hits Tweed

FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd will be the star attraction at a community forum in Banora Point next week.

Mr Rudd, who swept to power as prime minister in 2007, only to be deposed by his own party in June last year, will speak about Australia's foreign policy and international aid program.

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said the forum was a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and ask questions of the former PM and get a greater understanding of Australia's policies in dealing with the world.

"I encourage locals to come along to this important community event to talk directly with Kevin Rudd," Ms Elliot said.

Mr Rudd, who has travelled extensively throughout the world this year as Australia positions itself for a tilt at a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council, said he was looking forward to his visit.

"I look forward to having a discussion with the community and thank Justine for inviting me," Mr Rudd said.

"With ongoing humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa and the development challenges closer to home, it is important that the community knows what the government is doing."

Mr Rudd entered Federal Parliament as the member for Griffith in 2001 and became Labor leader when he replaced Kim Beazley in 2006.

The community forum will be held at St Joseph's College, 2 Doyle Dr, Banora Point, on Friday from 11am (New South Wales time).

To book your place contact Ms Elliot's office on 1300 720 675 or email justine.elliot.mp@aph. gov.au.

With ongoing humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa and the development challenges closer to home, it is important that the community knows what the government is doing.



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