Labor leadership stakes — your form guide.

Distance: Unknown (six weeks to two years)
Hurdles: Huge
Fallers: Inevitable
Finishers: Unlikely
Prize Money: Nil

Roll up, roll up! There’s talk of a leadership contest in Canberra and it’s time to place your bets with The Power Index’s guide to the contenders.

From the chestnut filly Gillard to the flashy grey horse Shorten, to the previously disqualified Rudd and the oddly-name “any other candidate”. — Paul Barry (read the full story here)

Centrebet: we’re up for first-half 2012 election. The first half of 2012 is still the favourite timeframe for the next election, according to Centrebet’s Neil Evans, despite the chaos of the last 24 hours and today’s media reports that Julia Gillard is under pressure to step down.

And whenever the poll does take place, Evans told The Power Index this morning, Tony Abbott and the Coalition are tipped to win, at $1.23, with Labor now out to $4. — Paul Barry (read the full story here)

Five people who mattered this week. From High Court decisions and chief justice criticisms, to the ACCC chairman’s bid to get tough and the opposition leader quietly setting in motion industrial relations reform: The Power Index’s unveils its top five people who mattered this week. Angela Priestley (read the full story here)

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