Crean held Labor's future in his hands

Simon Crean’s stand was the culmination of a near three-year struggle to birth a ‘New Labor’ Party through revolution, rather than largely ineffectual evolution. For a moment he stood at the tipping point of history.

For a moment on Thursday, Simon Crean stood at the very fulcrum of modern Labor history, and the bemused journalists surrounding him wondered which way things would tip. Would Rudd return to power to save the government and its major reforms, or would he be narrowly defeated again, and carry on undermining the Gillard government?

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