Cory Bernardi has criticised Kevin Rudd in a letter to Julie Bishop

Controversial Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has criticised Kevin Rudd in a letter to Julie Bishop, urging the foreign minister not to endorse the former PM to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

“His own colleagues have described him as a ‘megalomaniac’, ‘vengeful’, ‘unstable’ and ‘a bastard’ with a ‘vicious temper’ who put ‘his own self-interest ahead of … the country as a whole’,” the ABC quotes Senator Bernardi as saying in the burning missive.

Adding potential weight to Mr Bernardi’s case is the revelation that ousted PM Tony Abbott gave New Zealand leader John Key an assurance that Australia would support Helen Clark, Mr Key’s predecessor, in her bid for the role.

“It is my considered view that our own supporters and many others in the Australian public would be very disappointed if we endorsed such a person for this significant role,” Mr Bernardi wrote of Mr Rudd.

“Would you be kind enough to advise me if the Government is seriously considering this course of action and if so, please provide me with the rationale for such a position.”

Ms Bishop says the Cabinet will decide as a whole who gets the endorsement.

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