“Julia would be welcome to participate in the campaign in any way she chose fit,” Rudd said during an interview on ABC TV’s 730 programme.

“And as you know, when I’ve been asked about Julia in recent days, I’ve been very direct and very frank about the positive role she’s played in our party and the contributions she’s made to disability care policy, education policy and the measurement of academic standards of schools – great achievements.”

Watch a video of the interview below.

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