The Prime Minister’s most senior strategist, Nick Reece, has quit his post and will return to Melbourne University as a fellow in the school of social and political sciences.
Two contrasting ALP state election reviews have been launched in the last week and the differences between them is stark, and for the NSW party a tad embarrassing.
Surely, entrusting an unqualified novice with the institution that is the NT News -- home of headlines such as "Man Bashed By Prawn" and "Garden Gnomes Busted For Drugs" -- was a dangerous move? Plus, rats in the NSW Labor ranks and other media snippets of the day.
When outgoing Victorian ALP state secretary Nick Reece took to the podium at the Melbourne Press Club yesterday to explain his campaign failure, but didn't actually admit to any mistakes, the ripples of discontent could be heard across the party's disillusioned and dwindling membership.
When the Victorian press pack decides to focus on what did or didn't happen five years ago between consenting adults in an Adelaide golf club car park, you know it's been a quiet weekend in state politics.
Victorian Premier John Brumby has increased pressure on ALP State Secretary Stephen Newnham to resign immediately by banning him from preparations for the 2010 State Election campaign.