By political reporter Stephanie Anderson
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed he will not be nominating Kevin Rudd to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations.
Speaking in Sydney today, Mr Turnbull said he had decided the former prime minister was not suitable for the role.
He said the Federal Government would not be nominating anyone for the role.
“When the Australian Government nominates a person for a job, particularly an international job like this, the threshold question is, ‘do we believe the person, the nominee, the would-be nominee is well suited for that position?'” he asked.
“My judgement is that Mr Rudd is not, and I’ve explained to him the reasons why.”
Mr Turnbull refused to be drawn on the reasons why he though Mr Rudd was unsuitable for the role, or on whether his decision was about satisfying certain members of his party.
He said this decision was “far from the most important issue confronting the Government”.
Yesterday Mr Turnbull said he would make a decision on the issue after Cabinet failed to reach a clear decision.
Labor politicians have responded to the news, with frontbencher Anthony Albanese tweeting “Turnbull. Pathetic”.
Terri Butler, who replaced Mr Rudd as the MP for Griffith, also tweeted that “it seems Malcolm Turnbull has zero authority in his own Cabinet”, following earlier comments by Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek.