Would-be PM’s ear wax regret

Australia’s likely next Prime Minister has spoken of his regret after footage of him eating his ear wax spread around the world.

The video was taken six years ago when Kevin Rudd sat listening to a colleague question a government minister in the House of Representatives.

It shows Mr Rudd, now leader of the opposition Labour Party, twizzle his index finger in his ear before putting it in his mouth.

The footage has found its way on to YouTube and has attracted increasing attention in recent weeks, reports Sky News.

Mr Rudd was questioned about his behaviour after it was shown on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the US.

“I’m really pleased about that – how did I go on Jay Leno?” he said, laughing sarcastically.

“All of us in public and private life I’m sure would wish our behaviour to be more ideal.”

He has previously told journalists he was scratching his chin.

Mr Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, leads Prime Minister John Howard in opinion polls ahead of elections on November 24.

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