There may be some truth that some people are already framing a betting market about a change of Leader in the Labor Party.
But the real (and unstated) purpose of the story is not about betting, its purpose can only be to destabilise the Labor Government.
It is an act of spite, by a Newspaper which has been totally negative all the way through the Election campaign.
The story starts off saying:
- "Bill Shorten, the former union boss who orchestrated the execution of Kevin Rudd from the Labor leadership, has been backed by punters to lead the party to the next election.
- "While hundreds of punters sweat on the final election outcome, Mr Shorten, the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, has been installed as the clear favourite with bookies to topple Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is fighting to form a minority government."
I refuse to give a link to the story (as internet protocol would normally dictate) as that might encourage you to read the story.
Please do not read it.
Please cancel your subscription to "The Age" (if you have one). I have just done that.