The next leadership battle is much bigger

On climate change and refugees, Julia Gillard has completely failed to take a vision to the public. At present it seems Tony Abbott will fall flat here too – but more than ever is at stake in the contest to solve these problems.

The fire in the belly of the ‘Rudd journalists’ – the few who so doggedly have fanned speculations that a leadership change is imminent – seems to be burning itself out.

There is no sign of a formal challenge for Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s leadership. Rudd cannot, it would seem, be drafted by a majority of caucus colleagues. And Gillard sure as hell isn’t stepping down.

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