Stephen Conroy

The jostling for prime positions and speculation after Senator Stephen Conroy’s shock resignation is at fever pitch. Conroy has left a tornado of chaos in his wake, and Bill Shorten will be flying in from Canada straight into faction meetings to tie down loose ends and reassert his dominance.

The vulnerability felt by Conroy's clearly rocked allies is on display with their anonymous public comments yesterday that “he’s not going anywhere’’ in terms of factional leadership.