Kevin Rudd visit La Trobe for Africa dialogue
Kevin Rudd visited La Trobe University in May for a dialogue about Africa. This was around the same time the Gonski reform had been published and students were upset by the cuts to university funding. Some students therefore organised a protest for when Rudd arrived at La Trobe. What these students did not realise is that Rudd had nothing to do with the Gonski reform, as he resigned from his role as foreign minister in the labor government last year. I understand that students were upset and angry by the reform, but their protest was largely misplaced. The attention shifted to a student protest instead of the important Africa dialogue that was happening. Instead of talking about war, Rudd chose to focus on the good things happening in Africa and explaining the growth of the continent. Finally there can be some attention to all the good things that are happening in Africa.
You should check out this article written by a PhD student from La Trobe, it focuses on Rudd’s speech and why it is important to focus on the good that is happening in Africa.