There is to be a ballot for the leadership of the ALP in about 3 hours. An influential cabinet minister, Bill Shorten, has shifted his support to Rudd. Rudd, unlike the last time, has declared he will stand. Both have said they will leave parliament if they are unsuccessful.
The governor-general, who strangely enough is Shorten’s mother-in-law, will have to decide whether to commission Rudd if he is elected, to send for the opposition leader,or to require Rudd to secure a vote of confidence.