Simon Crean’s just on the tv right now calling for a spill and asking Kevin Rudd to stand as leader.
So there’s definitely a thing on now.
Where the numbers lie remains to be seen.
Remember that a change of leadership will probably bring on an election and certainly massive ministerial changes so all our public service friends need to have their briefs up to date.
UPDATE 21/03/13 13:47: thatsnotme had this to add:
Grabbed this screenshot from the ABC re the leadership spill Apparently the stakes are even higher than simply leadership of the ALP.
UPDATE 21/03/13 14:02: Leadership vote just announced by the PM for 16:30 this afternoon.
UPDATE 21/03/13 14:26: No confidence motion underway which could get hairy. Meanwhile CanMeme has come up with this:
Also the BBC has a good piece on leadership challenges in Australia:
After eight years as prime minister, Hawke himself was “rolled,” to use another Australianism (that politics here has its own vocabulary of leadership challenges is in itself instructive).
UPDATE 21/03/13 14:50: No Confidence motion kept off the floor but probably would have failed based on the voting on suspending standing orders.
UPDATE 21/03/13 16:17: It has been pointed out that if Rudd gets up and is forced into an early election the Canberra Liberals won’t have much time to figure out their senate preselection war.
UPDATE 21/03/13 16:20: Rudd says he won’t stand for the leadership.
UPDATE 21/03/13 16:46: It’s over and off. PM returned unanimously an unopposed.
UPDATE 21/03/13 17:09: One practical outcome is the ACT can now await a new Minister for Territories.