When outgoing Victorian ALP state secretary Nick Reece took to the podium at the Melbourne Press Club yesterday to explain his campaign failure, but didn't actually admit to any mistakes, the ripples of discontent could be heard across the party's disillusioned and dwindling membership.

Reece, described by several party sources as "shell-shocked" in the wake of November's disastrous defeat, staunchly defended his strategy, repeating his former boss and close friend John Brumby's election night mantra that the "it's time" factor had been the main culprit.