In Victoria, state MP Geoff Shaw has sensationally quit the Liberal Party this morning and abandoned Premier Ted Baillieu -- already under pressure due to the party's dire public support -- and a government that tenuously holds power with a one-seat majority. Baillieu was meeting with MPs to discuss the future as Crikey hit deadline.

In the Northern Territory, Chief Minister Terry Mills faces the axe after less than seven months in power after his deputy Robyn Lambley walked and the party room revolts. Crisis talks were continuing as we hit send; Bob Gosford is blogging the latest at The Northern Myth.