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Oz politician busts 'Rudd for PM' rumours

September 22, 2011 - Canberra

An Australian Labor Senator has dismissed the claims that Kevin Rudd called her up from the US seeking her support for the leadership, saying she hasn't spoken to the Foreign Minister in weeks.

The Coalition was recently spreading rumours that Rudd, who is in New York for the United Nations General-Assembly, had rung the Northern Territory Labor Senator, Trish Crossin, seeking her support for the leadership.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Crossin denied the claims and said the source of the rumour was the NT Country Liberal Senator Nigel Scullion.

She said she last spoke on the phone to Rudd three weeks ago when both were in Canberra, and asked him to write a letter of support for a local sporting team, the NT Thunder.

.Crossin said Scullion walked into her office and "rudely walked up to her while she was on the phone".

The Opposition leader, Tony Abbott alluded to the rumour during a press conference.

"Labor backbenchers are telling Coalition members of parliament that they're being called by Kevin Rudd,"' he said.

"I understand that one Labor backbencher took a call from Kevin Rudd in the presence of a Coalition member of parliament and then told the Coalition Member of Parliament exactly what had happened," he added.


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