Kevin Rudd is still technically Australia's Foreign Minister, marking this Labor leadership battle as the mutiny that follows the 2010 coup.
Mr Rudd's dramatic resignation in Washington came with a carefully calculated sting - a request for 48 hours' grace ''after my return'' to get his office in order.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce granted the extra time on the advice of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It means Mr Rudd retains his ministerial staff, including two full-time press secretaries and advisers to field media requests.
His office can draw on the public purse to co-ordinate press conferences and distribute Mr Rudd's comments. Daniel Flitton