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Former Australian PM "goes to ground" in U.S.: media

07-16-2010 13:54 BJT

CANBERRA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has ignored all media requests for interviews and "goes to ground" during his trip to New York, Australia's media ABC News reported on Friday.

Rudd was expected to attend the dinner on Friday morning ( Australian time) as part of his involvement with the Australian- American leadership dialogue.

Just hours beforehand Rudd told organizers he would be unlikely to take part.

However, ABC News reported that soon after the cancellation of dinner, Rudd popped up on social networking service Twitter, tweeting about his "useful day at the United Nations (UN)", and singing the praises of The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The dinner cancellation came as his successor Julia Gillard faced renewed questioning about whether or not she had agreed a deal with Rudd on the night before she replaced him as Labor leader.

Press gallery veteran Laurie Oakes quizzed Gillard on claims that Rudd had wanted to stay on as Prime Minister but promised he would quit in Gillard's favor if the polls failed to improve before a mooted October election.

Oakes asked Gillard if it was true she had agreed to the deal but then changed her mind after her backers told her she had the numbers for a challenge.

Rudd arrived in New York on Thursday and met with UN secretary- general Ban Ki-moon.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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