Christian Kerr writes:

The Victorian Labor Party federal preselection rows have just got more interesting with frontbencher Bob Sercombe pulling out of the preselection for Maribyrnong – opening the door for AWU national secretary leader Bill Shorten.

Sercombe,
one of six Labor Victorians fighting for political survival, has blamed
his decision on sleazy deals, which had made his position untenable.

Kim
Beazley now seems to have his opportunity to force a reshuffle on
Labor’s frontbench, thanks to the preselection pressures. Will he put
Craig Emerson and Bob McMullan – rumoured to face threats in the ACT –
back into the frontline? Or will he just content himself with shuffling
around some poor performers and rewarding good ones.

Parliament
is up for the next three weeks, thanks to the Commonwealth Games. It
only sits for one week – 27 March – between now and the Budget. How big
will it be – and when will he move?

Peter Fray

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