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Kevin Rudd > a Great Figure in Transplant / non-Transplant History

Posted Jun 25 2010 12:00am

This nomination is slightly early (usually happens on the 1st Saturday of the month), but I would like to nominate The Hon Kevin Rudd MP as a Great Figure in Transplant / Non-Transplant History.

This nomination comes as Mr Rudd was yesterday fired from the role of leader of the parliamentary wing of the Australian Labor Party , and therefore also lost the job of Prime Minister of Australia.

(In the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy that we follow in Australia, the leader of the majority party in the lower house of parliament is invited by the Governor-General to form government.)

Mr Rudd was behind the establishment of the Australian Organ & Tissue Donation & Transplantation Authority.

This has already been instrumental in beginning the reversal of the very poor rate of organ donation in Australia - one of the poorest in the Western world.

And Mr Rudd mentioned it in in his valedictory speech yesterday, 4 minutes & 10 seconds into his speech.

I’m proud of the fact, and some people have probably never heard of this one, that we have a National Organ Transplant Authority.

As somebody who borrowed someone else’s aortic valve I feel a particular responsibility for that. There’s nothing like having a bit of somebody else in you, it focuses the mind and in my case also focuses the heart.

What I’m really pleased about in the last two months is the organ donation rates for the first time have started to rise. People now are getting transplants because we chose to make a difference.

As one of the ever-grateful recipients of a donor organ, I would like to publicly thank Mr Rudd for putting this issue before the people of Australia.

Thanks, Kevin.

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  • Transcript of valedictory speech, The Australian [newspaper], 24th June 2010
  • Vision of valedictory speech, uploaded by fb2121 on YouTube:

Part 1

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Part 3

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