Gillard will pass her endurance test

No-one knows how the current soap opera of Labor leadership speculation will end, but for now Julia Gillard must simply get on with the grind of governing.

Destabilisation comes easily to politicians in a democracy. After all, they have just the one goal: self-preservation.

Whenever it’s a government or an opposition looking feeble, wayward and losing public trust, the time-honoured solution is to mount a backroom campaign to change the leader. And it can happen with a mere handful of anonymous, C-grade empty suits.

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