At the end of a long, bad week for the Gillard government, tempers are fraying. Departing minister Chris Evans this morning admonished those ALP colleagues who've taken to leaking constantly to the press, telling them to 'shut up, just shut up'.
A minority of Labor caucus members ('mostly but not exclusively supporters of Kevin Rudd', according to Barrie Cassidy) have clearly taken to re-running their destabilisation campaign against Julia Gillard, leaking to journalists and providing a running commentary on her political failings. The media is unsurprisingly more than willing to report this, albeit without naming names. Kevin Rudd, coincidentally, is back on breakfast television.
But beware the implication that these internal ructions will inevitably lead the party back to Rudd. A strong majority of cabinet members are still behind Julia Gillard. Would caucus risk overthrowing them, too?
Nick Feik Politicoz Editor
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