Cabinet must resolve leadership question: Saffin
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has called on Federal Cabinet to resolve Labor's leadership issues once and for all.
In a message sent from Parliament House, Ms Saffin said Labor MPs were "all fed up" with the issue.
The comments were made in the context of Climate Change Minister Greg Combet being quoted saying former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should again challenge for the top job.
"Minister Combet, as a member of Cabinet, should take up this unresolved issue in Cabinet," Ms Saffin said.
"Cabinet has to bear responsibility to help resolve it."
The comments come as yet another poll points to the destruction of Federal Labor at the September election.
A newspoll published in today's Australian newspaper has Labor's support at 44% compared to 56% for the Coalition. Of those polled for the survey only 31% would give their first vote to Labor compared to 47% to the Coalition.
The poll also showed Prime Minister Julia Gillard a long way behind Opposition leader Tony Abbott in the popularity stakes, with only 32% preferring her as PM while 47% would rather see him in the job.
The coaltion is already starting to capitalise on Labor and the Prime Minister's unpopularity in its campaigning locally, with Page Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan releasing a statement criticising Ms Saffin for "distancing" herself from Labor in her campaign material.
"Ms Saffin has gone to incredible lengths to distance herself from this rabble, her election signs are in yellow, no sign of the Labor Party Red, and the Labor branding is tiny," Mr Hogan.said in a statement.
Mr Hogan, who also ran as the Nationals candidate at the last election, made a similar complaint in 2010 about Ms Saffin's "Janelle gets things done" posters.
At the time, Ms Saffin pointed out the posters all had the Australian Labor Party logo on them.