In mid-August Tony Abbott received a telephone call from a senior NSW Liberal Party official during which, amid a flurry of F-words, the Opposition Leader was given a warning from his home town.
He was told that if a factional barney over preselections was allowed to spread it would be World War III. Arthur Sinodinos, who last weekend was to have stepped down as NSW Liberal division president, was given the same message, according to party sources.
A month later it might not exactly be World War III but the political equivalent of tactical thermo-nuclear devices have been detonated.
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