The Brimbank Council rats in the ranks saga, already dubbed "the tale of two warlords" by ALP insiders, is likely to have far-reaching repercussions -- not just for the state MPs named in Victorian Ombudsman George Brouwer's report, but also for the ALP's Left-Right stability pact that controls pre-selections at federal and state level.

The notorious western suburbs fiefdom operated as a site of influence peddling of zero relevance, or comprehension, to the vast majority of local constituents. But while the over-the-top floridity -- sexually explicit online avatars, laptop p-rn, dodgy toilet contracts -- is good for a giggle, the crisis could prove perversely useful for party stability in the long term.