What does Tom Switzer know? The columnist and academic is known to be cosy with former PM Tony Abbott, so you might want to read his Fairfax column today through that prism.

"The scene is now set for a merciless and bloodthirsty civil war," predicted Switzer. "It will be very hard for Turnbull to survive the carnage." And Abbott, says Switzer, is "the only plausible candidate to the fill the void on the centre-right" and he's "the man the ALP most fears" (a claim that will have Labor stifling giggles).