After coming very close to knocking off the Labor government, the first signs of tension are bubbling over in Coalition ranks today with Liberals concerned about pushy young buck Jamie Briggs backgrounding media along the lines that Ian MacFarlane and Kevin Andrews ought to be pushed off the front-bench to make way for Ambition Faction members like himself.
The VEXNEWS Investigations Unit have discovered many Liberals are gathering around MacFarlane and Andrews, pointing to their vital role in the Liberalsâ€™ mostly very successful Abbott leadership.
Maccaâ€™s many defenders reckon he played a vital role in holding together the occasionally fractious merged LNP and providing air cover to support Queensland campaign director James McGrathâ€™s highly effective ground-war.
Andrews is regarded as completely safe by party insiders also despite the attacks by Briggs due to his instrumental role in ending the madness of Malcolm Turnbull and killing off Liberal support for Laborâ€™s carbon tax scheme.
He also played a vital role in the policy development process and has been central to sharpening the Question Time/House tactics approach of the Coalition since Abbottâ€™s elevation to the leadership.
Others are looking at Tony Smithâ€™s position and saying he underperformed. We think this is a bit harsh given that he was operating under severe policy constraints as a result of Andrew Robbâ€™s successful nobbling of the Shadow Cabinet support for the NBN.
Briggs himself was an all-the-way backer of Malcolm Turnbull including his position on climate change, Liberal insiders charge and should not be promoted purely because heâ€™s impatient, they say.
His coffee-drinking buddy Alex Hawke would do well to steer clear of the ambitious Briggs, insiders say for fear that the Leaderâ€™s office will reach conclusions that those who sip latte together, plot together.