Labor Bill Shorten national conference

In the wake of the Super Saturday byelections, and the entirely unsurprising result -- seats did not swing towards the government, and the Liberal v minor party contest in Mayo went exactly as polled -- there has been a bit of open season, from the left, or from the Labor Left, anyway, about any sort of speculation about leadership, internal party movements, etc, etc.

The attacks on News Corp are fair enough -- the attacks on News Corp are always fair enough -- because the coverage was as mendacious as usual, tying the particular contests to the very abstract "most preferred PM" rating, and suggesting an apocalypse was innocent. But several news outlets made the trek to Longman and Braddon and found the same thing: the major parties were on the nose, the same rank dissatisfaction spreading through the country and the Western world.