On a crisp Saturday night in Beijing Kevin Rudd stood up on a podium to talk about Australian women. Namely, the women in his life: His grandmother, his mother, his wife and his daughter.
It was a long speech which made clear the Former Prime Minister has a long running and deep respect for the women in his life.
Here are the highlights:
When Rudd and Therese Rein got married, they were broke.
“When we married the day after she graduated, we didn’t have more than a thousand dollars in the bank,” Rudd said.
Rudd and Rein are a great team. Check out when Mamamia staff members knew their partner was ‘The One.’ (Post continues after video.)
Rein tried to get a loan from the bank to start her business (you know, that business that she sold off for more than $200 million, and was listed by the Sunday Times as the best 100 companies to work for, that one). She got rejected, because she wasn’t the man of the house.
“She went to the bank manager where we had the home mortgage account. He listened politely. But then rang me up afterwards and said: ‘Your wife has been in asking for a bank loan. But you are the man of the house. I will need you to guarantee the loan. And to take out a further mortgage on the house.”
Rudd didn’t have the guts to tell her for TWO DECADES, lest she gave the bank manager a piece of her mind.
“I didn’t have the heart to tell my wife this happened for another 20 years.”
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) April 2, 2016