I've only been here since 1996, so I could well be wrong, but what is it about the ALP that it believes that it can hand over power to whomever the factions think they can control without asking the electorate? In NSW, Carr handed over to Iemma. Iemma was ousted by Nathan Rees and now Rees is about to be rolled by another MP. In Victoria, the previously unelectable Brumby was anointed by Bracks, shortly after his last election win. Go to QLD and Beattie decided to hand over to Bligh, again, with no prior announcement or indication that he would do so. Tasmania had a slightly different process, with the very ill Bacon handing over to Lennon, who resigned and handed over to Bartlett and then Butler. Along the West, Gallop also resigned due to ill health and passed to Alan Carpenter. In the NT, Clare Martin resigned and handed over to Henderson. So what is it about the ALP that it believes that it can hand power around like gifts?