The Australian electorate now has a stark choice, each unattractive in it's own way: Gillard or Abbott.
A clear choice.
The chalk and cheese kind.
The election will not be held until next year. (It was never going to be this year, not even with Rudd as the PM.)
Gillard will romp it in over the man in the budgie smugglers.
The only question is how Greg Combet will be placed in Gillard's cabinet and how patient he is.
The ALP is going to be in power for quite some time. Combet can take things at his leisure. Gillard will keep the seat warm.