Good news for those who like blood and guts in their politics

Sydney Morning Herald

Pity someone can’t find one of the independents hanging off the back of a goat or a priest or something so there is a by election and then another election.

THE Labor Party is again battling leadership speculation as it languishes in the opinion polls and struggles to reach an agreement with the Greens to break the damaging deadlock on asylum policy.

The chief government whip, Joel Fitzgibbon, insisted yesterday he had just been ”stating the obvious” when he said on the Q&A program on Monday night that leaders who remained unpopular for a long time ”inevitably stop leading the party”.

But Labor sources say Kevin Rudd’s support has grown significantly since he won only 31 of the 102 caucus votes when he challenged Julia Gillard in February, and it will increase further if Labor’s primary vote remains stuck in the low 30 per cent range recorded in most published polls.

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