KEVIN Rudd has a message for anyone who thinks he could reverse Labor's woes by challenging Julia Gillard for the leadership."Not interested, go away," he told Sky News.
Those concerned about Labor's prospects in the election should first and foremost start by getting out there and supporting Ms Gillard, he said.
The former prime minister has featured prominently in the political spotlight recently, fuelling speculation he may be considering another tilt at the ALP leadership.
Former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has gone as far as to suggest Mr Rudd will be reinstalled as leader before the September federal election.
Mr Rudd rubbished the suggestions, urging everyone to first take a cold bath, then an ice bath, and insisting the matter be locked up in "cryogenic storage".
He said there was no leadership stoush, reiterating that he and the Labor Party had full confidence in Ms Gillard's leadership.
But Mr Rudd confirmed he had cancelled an upcoming trip to Adelaide to avoid a clash with the Labor cabinet and the prime minister.
He had agreed to join Labor colleague Tony Zappia in his South Australian electorate on Tuesday for an inter-faith forum, before he learned the Labor cabinet would in Adelaide for a community meeting.
Despite not being asked to reschedule his plans, Mr Rudd felt it would be better to postpone his trip.
"I don't want any controversy to detract from the important work the prime minister and the team will be doing in Adelaide that day," he said.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said Mr Rudd was a Labor loyalist who would continue to argue the government's case in his capacity as a backbencher.
Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes, a major supporter of Ms Gillard, said voters were more interested in job creation than "who was seen having dinner with whom in some particular Canberra restaurant".
"It's a ridiculous question," he told the Ten Network when asked if there was any way he'd pull his support from Ms Gillard.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said Mr Rudd had become a political "show", attacking the coalition one day before turning on his own flock.
"They're more interested in their own jobs than they are in the jobs of everyday Australians," he told Network Ten.