Home Affairs Minister and maths whiz Peter Dutton says he has the numbers he needs to secure the ALP leadership.
With Bill Shorten standing down and Tanya Pliberseck announcing she will not contest the ballot, the field has opened up, with Mr Dutton claiming to be the leading contender.
Under Labor Party rules, Mr Dutton would need to appeal to both the party room and grassroots members. Sources say zero – or around 55% by Mr Dutton’s counting – have committed to Mr Dutton so far.
More to come.