|Rudd could save Labor, poll shows|
|As Labor debates asylum seeker policy, Julia Gillard has taken another hit in the polls which show Kevin Rudd would revive the ALP.|
Julia Gillard is meeting with her senior ministers this morning. Cabinet is expected to sign off on changes that would give the Immigration Minister discretion to declare another country suitable to send asylum seekers to (report), allowing the Malaysian asylum seeker deal to go ahead. The Labor left has also met early this morning to discuss the Malaysia deal. And Caucus will meet at 9am to discuss the revived the deal. Left convenor Senator Doug Cameron is promising a fiery caucus meeting, arguing: "My view is I will continue to push the position of the national platform''. But Ms Gillard is expected to secure the support of the Right for the deal. NSW state secretary Sam Dastyari is backing Ms Gillard (report).
The stoush comes as a Fairfax/Nielsen poll shows today replacing Ms Gillard with Kevin Rudd would give Labor an election-winning lead. Michelle Grattan reports : Labor's two-party vote, steady on 42-58 per cent from last month, would jump to 52-48 per cent under Mr Rudd. The former prime minister is preferred by 44 per cent of voters as ALP leader, more than twice Ms Gillard's 19 per cent support.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra. Shadow cabinet meets this morning ahead of parliament sitting.
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