Wednesday, 13 June 2007

*Australian PM up for auction.

Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd have agreed to be listed on eBay in the name of charity, with bids starting at $2,999.

One winning bidder and a friend will join Mr Howard at the PM's XI cricket match at Manuka Oval in November, as well as a reception for both cricket teams at his Canberra residence the night before.

The highest bidder for Mr Rudd, meanwhile, will be invited to bring six friends to dinner with the Labor leader and another "surprise'' frontbencher in Parliament House.

The auction is being run in conjunction with the annual Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Midwinter Ball, held in Canberra on June 20.

The lions' share of money raised from the auction and the ball, which is expected to top $150,000, will be given to the Burns Foundation Australia.

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