During the caucus in Parliament, Ms Gillard declared that the source for her information was a credible journalist. The caucus also elected Communications Minister Stephen Conroy as the new Senate leader.
The caucus has been facing a difficult time from the start of 2013. It had to bear a row over the selection of Nova Peris as a Senate candidate, an unforeseen announcement of the election date, and two significant cabinet ministers calling it quits.
Ms Gillard reportedly said: “We need to make sure we’re all united.”
Responding to Cameron’s objection, Ms Gillard acknowledged the potential of Senator Crossin but admitted being concerned by the fact that the party had never had an Aboriginal MP. She insisted that it is vital to have the first indigenous ALP member from the Northern Territory.