Voters don't believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today's Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.
Labor Party leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese will need to snare at least 57% of the Labor rank-and-file ballot to triumph over Bill Shorten, an exclusive analysis of this afternoon's likely caucus ballot result reveals.
Crikey readers talk the difference between the Arctic and Antarctic, the ALP leadership ballot and whether we are all a bit too cynical.
Public servants (particularly those in the Department of Health and Ageing) will be particularly nervous now that their expected restructure has not been announced. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.
Public servants are sleeping with one eye open as they wait for the axe to fall on their jobs. Plus other political snippets of the day.
That didn't take long. Two Labor MPs want to let Tony Abbott scrap the carbon price, Stephen Conroy calls leadership reforms a joke, and those who voted Liberal get a boost of confidence.
Concerns about a party ballot for the Labor leadership pander to the media's inability to cope with the unusual in politics. This is exactly what Labor needs right now.