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It's True, Kevin Rudd Asked The Government To Nominate Him For The UN's Top Job

Return of the Rudd.

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Foreign minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that former prime minister Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him to become the next United Nations secretary-general.

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There have been reports for months that Rudd, currently head of the Asia Society Policy Institute, was gunning for the top job at the UN despite the role being part of a rotation system around regions of the world. It's currently bound for a candidate from the "eastern Europe" group.

On Monday, Bishop told Sky News that Rudd had made a formal request of the Turnbull government.

"Kevin Rudd has requested that the Australian government nominate him and as [Malcolm Turnbull] has indicated on a number of occasions that'll be a matter for the cabinet," said Bishop.

There are already 12 candidates for the job including former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former UN climate chief Christiana Fuegeres. Rudd's bid comes as many say it's time for a woman to finally be chosen as UN secretary-general.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's new cabinet will need to review Rudd's nomination this week, with the UN's security council meeting this Thursday.

His nomination is far from a slam dunk decision within the Turnbull cabinet. Immigration minister Peter Dutton reportedly said Rudd was acting like a pest who should get a hobby like "play golf or buy a caravan".

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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