In an emotional speech, the former Labor Party leader told parliament on Wednesday night, “For me, my family is everything, always has been always will be, which is why I will not be continuing as a member of this parliament beyond this week.”

The 56-year-old wished Abbott well, saying that being prime minister “was the hardest job in the land”.

Rudd was prime minister of Australia from 2007-10 and then again in 2013. He said one of his biggest achievements as prime minister was his official apology to indigenous Australians, and that his future plans included starting a National Apology Foundation. 

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