The elevation of Kimberley Kitching to the No. 1 Senate position in Victoria is being scrutinised for its impact of the Victorian stability pact between Left and Right Labor factions. The pact relies on both factions giving consideration to the calibre of the person they're putting up for the job.

The Kitching elevation would appear to say a lot about the style and priorities of Bill Shorten, who seems determined to gather around him a crowd of allies and people from Labor's shadows. Whether he's doing this for his own reassurance or to shore up his leadership position within the party remains to be seen.