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Clark favoured by some in Australia

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Australia should be supporting Helen Clark's bid to be secretary-general of the United Nations.

She says there probably is a good argument to support Kevin Rudd because he is an Australian.

"But honestly he's burnt so many bridges I can see why people on both his own side of politics, plus on the Liberal side, wouldn't be too keen to see him," she told Sky News.

Senator Hanson-Young would like to see a "woman run the show for a while" instead.

"That's why I think we should be supporting Helen Clark."

Earlier deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said the Australian government would be "incredibly small-minded" not to back Mr Rudd.

Cabinet will decide whether to support his nomination for the job, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the coalition party room it would not be an endorsement.

"It is an extraordinary proposition that the Australian government would not support an Australian for this very prestigious and important role," Ms Plibersek told reporters in Sydney.

There are already 12 declared candidates to replace Ban Ki-moon when his term comes to an end, including former New Zealand prime minister Miss Clark.

Speaking to reporters in Jakarta, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said it was up to the Australian government to decide whether or not it wanted to support Mr Rudd.

The UN Security Council will hold its first straw poll on who should be the next secretary-general later this week.

The secretary-general is appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council.

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