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TONY JONES: Well the post-election turmoil in the federal Liberal Party has spilled over into the
party's Queensland and West Australian divisions today.

The Liberal leaders in both those states were forced to resort to bare-knuckle politics in an
effort counter increasingly rowdy calls for their resignations.

Tom Iggulden reports.

TOM IGGULDEN: West Australian Liberals were sharpening their blades for Paul Omodei even as the
federal election campaign was underway.

Now, with John Howard ejected from the Lodge and his seat, the knives came out today for Mr Omodei
in Perth.

JOHN MCGRATH, WA LIBERAL FRONTBENCHER: You either have to come out and guarantee to members you can
win the election for us or... or maybe you might face a challenge

PAUL OMEDEI, WA OPPOSITION LEADER: Paul Omodei doesn't get tapped on the shoulder - Paul Omodei
makes his own decisions. And if somebody comes in and taps me on the shoulder, they'll be very
lucky if they don't get a good right hook.

TOM IGGULDEN: The Liberal Party in Western Australia bucked the trend and performed well in the
federal election.

But that's unlikely to save Mr Omodei's leadership in a state that's the liberal's next best hope
of getting back into government.

Australia was all about John Howard, and that's why they did well and not because of Paul Omodei.
Paul Omodei's personal approval ratings are in the low teens. He is not seen as the most effective
of opposition leaders. He is a good bloke, but he is not someone that most people in the party
think can win an election.

TOM IGGULDEN: In Brisbane the State Liberal Party is in crisis after an attempted leadership spill
that failed to produce a conclusive result.

Loyalists to party leader Bruce Flegg walked out in protest before the vote could be taken.

TIM NICHOLLS, LEADERSHIP CHALLENGER: We are entering uncharted territory here. I think the
disappointment we have is that there was no vote that was allowed to go forward. To be quite frank,
I don't believe there would be many people who would know where this will end up.

TOM IGGULDEN: For now, though, Dr Flegg isn't having any more talk of a leadership contest.

BRUCE FLEGG, QUEENSLAND LIBERAL LEADER: He did not have the numbers. That is what it amounts to.
And anything further is simply going to degenerate this whole thing into even more farce.

TOM IGGULDEN: But with the party room split evenly four against four, the leadership crisis is
expected to deepen.

PETER VAN ONSELEN: They are diametrically opposed on a lot of issues - moderates and conservatives
- and they're also opposed to one another in terms of personality problems that have built up over
years of factional feuding.

So it is hard to see the Queensland Liberal Party fixing itself, particularly in the wake of the
disaster that they encountered federally.

TOM IGGULDEN: Liberal party historian Peter van Onsolen says the party's crushing defeat at the
federal election is to blame for leadership tensions in Queensland and Western Australia.

PETER VAN ONSELEN: It's an opportunity in a chaos environment for people to start to settle scores
and to pursue their own personal ambition.

If that's all it's about it's a bad thing. If they use it as a way of embracing the battle of ideas
to redefine what the Liberal Party stands for, it could become a good thing.

TOM IGGULDEN: Western Australia is due for a state election in February 2009, with Queensland due a
few months later.

Tom Iggulden, Lateline.